first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday warned that the country was heading towards a presidential form of government.”I want to tell you, especially to the educated class and to students, that we are heading towards a presidential form of government [with] one election, one leader, one political party and one emergency,” she said at a gathering to observe the foundation day of her party’s student wing, Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad, at Mayo Road on Wednesday afternoon. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBanerjee also touched upon a host of issues including the changes to Article 370 in Kashmir and the decision of the Reserve Bank of India to transfer ₹1.76 lakh crore to the Central government. Banerjee said she would meet the students and interact with them on November 14 and 15 respectively. “I will talk to them and pick leaders who will work for the next two years.” She set up a committee comprising Trinamool Secretary General Partha Chatterjee, Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee, state president Subrata Bakshi, ministers Subrata Mukherjee, Firhad Hakim and Moloy Ghatak and MMiC Baiswanor Chattopadhyay to give forms to the students. The ones among them interested in politics will be chosen and Banerjee will speak to them. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”BJP is trying to silence everyone to fulfill its agenda. In Kashmir, BJP did not talk to other political parties and have silenced the people at gunpoint. We really do not know how the people in Kashmir are spending their days. This is undemocratic,” she maintained, and added: “Bengal will stand by its friends in Kashmir.” Banerjee also added that BJP has created an atmosphere of fear throughout the country. “The Opposition leaders are summoned by the Central agencies. Anybody raising their voice against BJP becomes a target and the Central agencies are sent after them,” she said. “I may be sent behind the bars but I am not going to support the communal politics of the saffron party.” Criticising the media, the Chief Minister said: “All media houses, be it national or local, have been purchased. The electronic media cover only the BJP leaders. In print media, the same photographs of BJP leaders are printed in all newspapers. They are scared and they do not have any freedom.” Without naming Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she said: “When the country is reeling under acute financial crisis, some leaders are touring abroad. The Reserve Bank of India has given Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the Centre by breaking the emergency fund.” She added: “The unemployment problem has taken an alarming turn. The Centre is going to disinvest in the Central PSUs. In Indian Railways and BSNL, people are losing jobs.” She also maintained that in view of the “dark period through which the country is passing,” it is absolutely necessary for students to come forward and protest against “all undemocratic steps taken by the Centre.” She urged them to protest against the fake news being circulated on social media by BJP. The TMC chief maintained that students will observe the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhiji, the bicentenary of Vidyasagar and the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh incident.last_img