Country is heading towards a presidential form of polls: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the country is heading towards a presidential form of election where there will be one government, one leader and one party.

“All other parties are being fragmented, when the Karnataka government fell, no one said anything. They say they’ll capture Bengal too, I’ll see how that happens,” she said.

She asserted that her party is not scared of any agency and if she goes to jail, she will look at it as freedom struggle.

Mamata Banerjee has been at the forefront of opposing the Modi government policies in recent times and had criticised Centre’s move to abrogate Article with regard to Jammu and Kashmir.

She had said that the government failed to hear the voices of the people of J&K.“Although I am an Indian citizen, I have my own language, my own state and culture. So why should we allow others to determine our identity?” she had asked.

Meanwhile, following Rajasthan’s footsteps, now West Bengal is planning to introduce an anti-lynching bill in the Assembly. The draft bill proposes life imprisonment as maximum punishment for the perpetrators and also fines ranging from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh.

According to a report, the West Bengal (Prevention of Lynching) Bill, 2019 is expected to be introduced in the House on August 30. The bill describes lynching as any attempt or act of violence by a mob on the “grounds of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth, language, dietary practices, sexual orientation, political affiliation, ethnicity or any other ground”.

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