Buddhadeb Calls Upon Cong, Left Parties to Join Hands

Buddhadeb Calls Upon Cong, Left Parties to Join Hands

Virtually kicking off the campaign for the assembly poll in West Bengal to be held later this year, CPI-M leader Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today sent out a message to Congress and other Left parties to join hands with Left Front to oust ruling Trinamool Congress(TMC).

TMC, in a quick rebuttal, mocked the former chief minister, saying it was his own government which had "destroyed" the industrial atmosphere in the state.

Bhattacharjee, who visited Singur, from where the Tata group had shifted their Nano car project to Gujarat, for the first time after eight years said, "If the (Nano) factory was set up here, situation would have changed in Singur. But only darkness prevailed".

He launched the week-long procession from Singur to Salboni, where JSW group had promised to set up a Rs 35,000 crore steel plant and stressed on the need for industrialisation in the state.

Alleging that no new factory was set up in the state during TMC rule, he said, "We will change the situation. We can do it. We want Congress to make its stand clear in this regard. We want Congress and other Left parties to join hands with us to oust the TMC government."

Bhattacharjee's call to Congress came in the wake of similar statements by CPI(M) state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra and Politburo member Md Selim.

Indicating that industrialisation of the state would be a big issue in the coming poll, Bhattacharjee said both agriculture and industry are needed.

"But agriculture alone is not sufficient and industry is required as thousands of educated youth want employment.

Mocking at the TMC government, he said, "This Ma-Mati-Manush (TMC slogan) drama can't be allowed to run any longer. We will save Bengal."

On Bhattacharjee's call for industrialisation, TMC secretary general Partha Chaterjee said it was the erstwhile Left Front regime that had "destroyed" the industrial atmosphere of the state.

"We too believe that there is a need for industrialisation and have taken up plans for it. We don't believe in fake slogans like CPI(M). It was CPI(M) which destroyed the industrial atmosphere of the state," he said.

"Now after being out of power all of a sudden they (CPI-M) have waken up from their deep slumber and are talking about industrialisation. We don't believe in their ideology of industrialisation, of killing people and raping women", Chatterjee added.

Referring to JSW group's proposed steel project, the former CM said it should have been implemented by now but nothing came of it. "The state has turned into a hell and it is lagging behind."

He alleged that whatever industry was there in the state were closing down. "The tea gardens, where everyday workers' death is reported, never faced this kind of situation."

Referring to his visit to Singur, Bhattacharjee said, "Initially I thought whether I should go or not. Then I thought I should say something at this point of time which brought me here."

He also slammed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, saying "Everyday some festival is organised. She asked the unemployed to produce 'muri' (puffed rice) and 'telebhaja' (fried snack). Is it mockery with the umemployed? This can't go on. Time has come to make a turnaround."

State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim said the more CPI(M) goes to Singur, the more the farmers of the state will unite against it for the atrocities it had committed during the LF regime.


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