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NEW DELHI: Vigorously defending the Government of India and the Food Member against the attack made by the Secretaries of the Bengal Ministerial Coalition Party, Sir Abdul Halim Ghaznavi, in a statement to the Press declares: “We have the fullest confidence in his (Sir Jwala Prasad’s) doings and especially in seeing that the food policy of the Government of India is fully implemented.”

A Bombay message says that Mr. V.D. Savarkar, President of the Hindu Mahasabha, in a communication to the Press on the recent statement on the recent statement by the Joint Secretaries of the of the Bengal Ministerial Coalition Party stating that the Food Member had imported communal politics into the food question in Bengal, says that the charges levelled against the Bengal Ministry by Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukerjee that it was they who were mainly responsible for the appalling starvation remained still unrefuted.

The Viceroy himself had emphatically stated that the food question would be dealt with without importing any political considerations into it and asserted that the Central Government would not shirk from taking any step necessary for stamping out famine. “What has the Food Member of the Government of India done,” asks Mr. Savarkar, “except that he did not shirk from taking such steps as were indispensable to stamp out famine not only in Bengal but in certain other parts of India also.”

Published in Dawn, January 12th, 2019