News Reading Practice #12

(100 Day Challenge)


Saugar Sengupta | KOLKATA

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday slammed the BJP Government for using the central agencies to settle political scores. Addressing a gathering of businessmen Banerjee said how the Centre was using the Enforcement Directorate and Central Bureau of Investigation to tame down its political opponents.

"Sometimes some people are being harassed... Though I have not taken a cup of tea from anyone in my life they are harassing me… even my family is being harassed ... Even if you purchase a cup and dish or a window or some furniture they will send ED to investigate … this is clearly a politics of vendetta," Banerjee said alleging how her family members were being raided of late. The Chief Minister's hard-hitting statements came within weeks of an ED raid on the premises of Leaps and Bounds, a company of which her nephew and Trinamool Congress general secretary Abhishek Banerjee has been a director. Already a former senior official of the same company is presently in jail for his alleged connections with a cash-for-job scam. Speaking about the alleged political vendetta, Banerjee asked the business- men not to be worried.

"Do not worry because you still have the courts that still take judicious decisions... if you are harassed then please go to court," Banerjee said adding political revenge would continue. "This trend will continue nonstop till this political vendetta is over,” Chief Minister said. A number of senior politicians including ministers, MLAs and top government functionaries including a sitting vice chancellor have landed in jail in connection with recruitment scams, cattle smuggling. Very recently the Calcutta High Court has also ordered investigation into municipal services recruitment scam following which the ED has sent notices to a number of municipalities to explain their mode of appointments since 2014.

Leveling counter allegations of political vendetta Bengal BJP leader and MP Dilip Ghosh said the Chief Minister herself had practiced political vendetta on the opposition. "Hundreds of our workers have perished and many have fled the State due to the political persecution that her party has practiced ..... and if she talks about harassment then one must say the Bengal businessmen are more harassed by TMC goons than anyone else ... the businessmen are fed up with protection money (Tola Baji) that has to be given to TMC goons," he said.


Vendetta - കുടിപ്പക, പ്രതികാരം വീട്ടല്‍

Harassment – ശല്യം, ഉപദ്രവം

Settle a score - കണക്കുതീര്‍ക്കുക, പകരം വീട്ടുക.

Slam - വിമര്‍ശിക്കുക

Settle a score - കണക്കുതീര്‍ക്കുക, പകരം വീട്ടുക.

Gathering - സദസ്സ്, ആള്‍ക്കൂട്ടം, സമ്മേളനം

Tame down – മെരുക്കുക

Harass - ശല്യം ചെയ്യുക, നിരന്തരമായി ബുദ്ധിമുട്ടിക്കുക.

Investigate - അന്വേഷിക്കുക.

Late – അടുത്തിടെ

Hard- Hitting Statement- രൂക്ഷമായ പ്രസ്ഥാവന, ആഞ്ഞടിക്കുന്ന രീതിയിലുള്ള പ്രസ്ഥാവന

Premises - പെട്ടന്നുള്ള വളര്‍ച്ച – പുരോഗതി

Leaps and bounds - പെട്ടന്നുള്ള വളര്‍ച്ച-പുരോഗതി

Functionaries - ഉദ്യോഗസ്ഥര്‍, ഭാരവാഹി

Scam – അഴിമതി, തട്ടിപ്പ്

Cattle smuggle – കന്നുകാലിക്കടത്ത്

Level (by) - ആരോപിക്കുക, കുറ്റപ്പെടുത്തുക

Counter allegations- പ്രത്യാരോപണം

Perish – മരിച്ചുപോവുക

Flee –നാടുവിടുക (Fled –past)

Political Persecution - രാഷ്ടീയ വേട്ടയാടല്‍

Goons - ഗുണ്ടകള്‍, കോമാളികള്‍ (Goondas)

Fed up - മടുക്കുക

Protection Money - ഗുണ്ടാ പിരിവ് ആയി നല്‍കുന്ന തുക.