On 28th July 2023, the Kolkata High Court Judge, Abhijit Gangopadhyay, made an unconventional remark during the illegal construction case. The remark has sparked both amusement and controversy in the state of West Bengal. The judge made the remark while addressing a woman’s plea to seek protection after she protested against illegal construction in her area. In an attempt at humor, the judge suggested that the Kolkata Municipal Corporation should borrow a bulldozer from CM Yogi Adityanath. This lighthearted remark, made unofficially, turned into a ‘Burnol Moment’ for the arch-nemesis and governing TMC party officials.
Aftermath of the Calcutta HC’s Judge Advise of Yogis’ Bulldozer Model
The judge’s remark was meant as a light-hearted suggestion to deal with the issue of illegal construction. However, the sensitive skin of TMC received flash burns from this comment. TMC’s leaders heavily criticized the High Court judge, labeling him as an ‘anti-TMC’ element in power. Kunal Ghosh, a TMC leader, accused Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay of seeking publicity and fame by making loose unofficial comments. Moreover, he claimed that the judge’s comments about borrowing bulldozers from Yogi Adityanath’s government reflected a lack of trust in the West Bengal government. Additionally, he claimed it showed the judge’s political leaning in favor of the BJP.
Furthermore, he accused the judge of constantly shifting his allegiance from one party to another without respect or regard.
Contrarily, the BJP leader Shishir Bajoria said that the judge’s remark shines a spotlight on the crumbling democracy in West Bengal. His opinion is that Kolkata’s High Court suggestion of borrowing bulldozers from UP implies the inefficiency of the TMC government and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. Moreover, Bajoria also criticized the TMC government and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation for working hand-in-hand with illegal activities that transpire in the illegal construction sites. He stated this was a leading cause of inaction by the authorities in the matter.
What is the ‘Yogi Bulldozer Model’?
CM Yogi Adityanath has repeatedly used bulldozers to combat illegal activities. Thus, the bulldozer has become a symbol of robust action against criminals and land mafia nexus in the nation. UP is effectively curbing Land Jihad, Love Jihad, Narcotics Trade Nexus, Terrorist Groups, etc. using Yogi Adityamath’s bulldozer model. The BJP government in UP unearths the minutest details of the illegal activities. Whenever they find illegal land encroachment as part of the illicit nexus, they use bulldozers to crush their base. Therefore, they are able to effectively curb criminal activities in UP.
CM Yogi and his administration take decisive action without discrimination based on caste, creed, or religion when using the bulldozer model. Thus, CM Yogi’s administration has successfully recovered illegally encroached land worth ₹ 3,954 Crore. This figure itself showcases the government’s commitment to combating such illegal activities and illegal encroachment of land.
The rampant invasion of land by illegal immigrants, like Rohingya Muslims, tarnishes the fabric of law in West Bengal. The encroached land is used by miscreants to set up dens of illegal activities. The TMC government views them as a potential vote bank. They are known to use the power of this mob against the legal residents of the state. Therefore, the TMC administration fakes ignorance while illegal land structures increase in the state.
While Judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay’s remark about borrowing a bulldozer from Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was meant humorously, it highlights the contentious issue of increasing illegal constructions in Kolkata. The comment brings attention to the efficient ‘Yogi bulldozer model’ used in Uttar Pradesh to combat illegal activities. Therefore, it is amusing to see the TMC fuming over the remark that underscores their inability to act against illegal activities. It is a pure ‘Burnol Moment’ when TMC voters realize its preference for cheap vote-bank politics is exposed by the court.