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BJYM resisted workers of TMC for painting Massanjore dam's walls

BJYM Dumka district president Amit Rakshit said that TMC workers, on the behest of the neighboring states' government, had started painting the walls of the dam in blue and white colors when local people objected to it.


PTI 03 Aug 2018, 04:37 PM India

A war of words broke out today when activists of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) resisted workers of West Bengal's Trinamool Congress government from painting the Massanjore dam's walls in shades of white and blue, a senior official said here.

BJYM Dumka district president Amit Rakshit said that TMC workers, on the behest of the neighboring states' government, had started painting the walls of the dam in blue and white colors when local people objected to it.

"We went there and asked them to stop the work," Rakshit told PTI. Activists of the BJYM and the BJP also registered their protest with an official of the Jharkhand Irrigation Department, who said that "a contractor from West Bengal was engaged to paint the dam", Rakshit claimed.

Executive Engineer of the Irrigation Department Naresh Prasad Mandal said that the matter has come to his notice, and he has initiated steps to stop painting on the walls of the interstate dam.

"Today, the contractor used primer on the painted walls to restore the original color," Rakshit said. The TMC, however, defended the action and claimed that it was well within the rights to use such colors.

"The West Bengal government built the dam and the state irrigation department maintains it. We have every right to paint the dam in the colors we wish to, nobody can stop us," West Bengal Irrigation Minister Somen Mahapatra asserted. Mahapatra also said that the workers were not allowed to put up the 'Biswa Bangla' logo at the site today.

"These are handiworks of BJP-hired goons. They wanted the dam to be painted in saffron color. Is this the way the BJP is planning to saffronize the entire country? We have asked the district magistrate and superintendent of police in Dumka district to take necessary action," he said.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has assured to raise the matter at an appropriate forum, he added.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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