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Bengal BJP will approach President to protest state govt over MPLAD

A delegation of 16 BJP Lok Sabha MPs will approach President Ram Nath Kovind from West Bengal with complaints about their inability to spend Member of Parliament Local Area Development Funds (MPLAD), on projects in their respective areas because of lack of cooperation from local and district authorities.

Shortly, the MPs will travel to New Delhi and make a written deputation. Before they approach the President, they will meet Governor Jagdeep Dahankhar and submit a formal deputation.

Dilip Ghosh (BJP’s national Vice-President and the party MP for Midnapore Lok Sabha Constituency in West Bengal) confirmed that this decision was made. He stated that the state government has deliberately refused to cooperate with party members in spending their MPLAD funds. This is so that their total expenditure figure can be reduced and BJP does no political advantage.

“The district officials refuse to meet with our MPs,” Ghosh stated. When MPLAD members approach the administration to present their development plans, they are refused to do so. Ghosh indicated that they will now emphasize this matter.

It was discovered that only two years have passed since the 2024 Lok Sabha election. None of the 16 BJP Lok Sabha member were able spend even 50% of the MPLAD funds. Ghosh says that although party MPs submit proposed expenditures to the administration regularly, a section from the district magistrates or additional district magistrates as well as sub-divisional and block development officers keep them back.

It has been revealed that BJP is preparing a list to identify bureaucrats who have ignored this issue and then file complaints against them.

MPs claim that MPLAD funds can be used for a specific project if the rule states that the name of the MP involved must be enlisted and displayed at project site. Ghosh stated that the Trinamool Congress rulings do not want this and therefore the bureaucrats resort to non-cooperation as per the directives of the ruling party leaders.

Leaders of the Trinamool Congress have dismissed such accusations and called it an attempt to denigrate the party.

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