In keeping with expectations of the people of Murshidabad, minister of state for Railways, Adhir Chowdhury, arrived home with a special railway package for the people of Nadia and Murshidabad as a Diwali present.
The newly inducted MoS laid the foundation stone for the 54.29 km double line project between Plassey and Jiagan at 11am on Sunday, at Plassey railway station in Nadia. The railway board has sanctioned the project at a cost of R234.42 crore.
In his speech at the inauguration programmes, Chowdhury said, “I will only promise those projects that I can deliver. I will not promise more just to win applause.” Thus, without naming a single Trinamool minister, he made his case against them.
He made it apparent that he desired the state government’s cooperation in acquiring land for the development of the railway projects saying he didn’t have ‘Aladin’s Lamp’ at his disposal, and that he couldn’t fulfill every project without assistance. “Bengal will not be deprived of railways. I am an all-India minister and every state will get its quota of railways,” he said.
He also announced the laying of a double line from Katwa to Farrakka. He said the railways employ 13 lakh 20 thousand people and carry 25 lakh tonnes of goods everyday in India.
Last week, there was a rumour that a few Congress MLAs in Murshidabad would join Trinamool Congress. But out of the 14 MLAs, 12 were present at the inauguration on Sunday, the remainder being absent due to personal problems, sources said.
Congress MLA Humayun Kabir was present at the event, as were Abu Hena, Mainul Haque, Monoj Chakraborty and others. MP Mannan Hossai was also present. Recently, Congress MLA, Rejinagar, Humayun Kabir, made headlines for his decision to quit the Congress party and join the Trinamool Congress.
However, on Sunday he was the first speaker at the inauguration programme. “I feel very proud to be the first speaker at this programme. Dada (Adhir Chowdhury) returned me my honour. I am very happy today,” he said.