Contesting Opposition parties' claim that no real 'paribartan' (change) had taken place in West Bengal after the new government took over, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday claimed things became better in the last two years.
Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addressing a party rally against FDI in multi-brand retail and diesel price hike in New Delhi. (PTI Photo by Atul Yadav)
Buttressing her contention with examples, she said after the TMC came to power, the state has emerged number one in the "100 days work programme" and peace has returned to Jangalmahal and Darjeeling hills.
"We have created an employment bank, devised schemes for women as well as set up mass housing projects for the poor. Some are saying that no paribartan has taken place in Bengal in the last two years. What is paribartan according to them? Are not these change," she wondered at a panchayat poll meeting in Bengal on Monday.
Coming down heavily on CPI(M), Banerjee said that the party was trying to disturb the peaceful situation in the state.
CPI(M), with the help of BJP, Congress and Maoists had come together to disturb the state, she said, adding "they would be thwarted by all means".
She also described as 'lies' CPI-M's allegation that several incidents had taken place during filing of nominations for the panchayat polls.
"These are all lies. During this time, a record number of 1.69 lakh nominations across various political parties have filed their nominations," she said.
According to Banerjee, her government had not even spared her party sympathisers when they were found guilty.
"In the Garden Reach case, we have arrested Md Iqbal, another one in the Tangra incident. Did the CPI(M) act when their cadres were involved in crimes," she asked.
Referring to the Saradha deposit scam, she said the government had acted swiftly in booking the culprits.
Banerjee claimed she was confident of emerging victorious in the polls.
"People's power will lead us to victory. I am determined to turn around Bengal's fortunes to make it the number one state," she said.
"If required, we can run Delhi, as we know how to run a government. Bengal will show the path to Delhi," she said.