Not terror, Mamata asks her intelligence to find out why BJP is growing in Bengal

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Mamata puts intelligence after BJP
Kolkata, Nov 7: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has reportedly deployed intelligence personnel to understand the reason behind the rise of the BJP in the state where it has never been a force traditionally, a report published in Bartaman said on Friday.

According to the report, the state secretariat has asked the home department to take up the matter and the instruction was passed on to the intelligence bureau and from there to the district units. The intelligence officials have also been asked to maintain confidentiality.

The BJP increased its vote-share in Bengal manifold in the general election held earlier this year and also bagged a seat in the assembly bypoll held recently. The party has gained ground in the wake of the Saradha chit fund scam and the unearthing of Bangladeshi terror modules in the state and observers feel the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) is following the previous Left Front's government strategy to gauge the rise of the TMC in the past.

Mamata is doing what the previous Left govt had done to trace the TMC's growth

The ruling party has also asked the intelligence agents to gather information on those who have joined the BJP or are planning to. The TMC is particularly worried over the fact that even the minorities are taking shelter in the BJP, as the recent development in Makhra village in Birbhum district of the state has shown.

Police and intelligence officials are, however, not happy. They feel the government could have done a better job in deploying the resources to unearth the terror modules and not trace the BJP's growth, the Bartaman report said. The recent blast in Khagragarh in Burdwan district and the subsequent exposure of the Bengal-Bangladesh terror link has put the state intelligence's credibility under shadow. Recovering the credibility and not use the intelligence apparatus politically would have been a better option, they feel.

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