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Chief minister follows Didi like a shadow

india Updated: May 04, 2011 15:07 IST
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If the Trinamool chief is around, can the chief minister be far behind?

Only two hours after Mamata Banerjee’s rally at Debra Bazaar, chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee held a rally at the same venue.

“Trinamool will not win the elections. Today in some areas, elections were held. Trinamool cadres, in some places in Burdwan and East Midnapore, not only created disturbances but also put up obstacles in some places. As a result, many people could not vote,” Bhattacharjee said.

Banerjee, on the other hand, expressed her happiness after witnessing the polling rage. “I am happy with the polling rate. It is clear the people came to cast their vote for change and with today polling, a new government will be formed as people have already decided to help form the Maa-Mati-Manush-er government for the sake of development in all sectors in the state and to end the era of Left Front government,” she said at a rally at Golgram in Debra.

Besides Debra, Banerjee also attended rallies at Dantan, Narayangarh, Kharagpur Sadar and Ghatal on Tuesday.

At the rally in Narayangarh, from where health minister Surayakanta Mishra is also contesting, Banerjee said, “In the health minister’s own area, health services are very poor. If one who cannot provide good health service in his own area, how can he do so for the entire state? The health department had been paralysed.”

Both Banerjee and Bhattacharjee said their government would be formed this time around and promised good governance and development in all sectors. “You have not elected us for seven continuous terms because we made empty promises; you have elected us because of our work. The state has seen progress in all sectors and we still have to make more progress. Trinamool had created obstacles when we tried to put up factories in many areas and to create job facilities for the youth. We need more industry to provide work for them. We also need development in the agriculture sector as well as in education and health,” the chief minister said.

Besides criticising Maoists and Trinamool for creating disturbances in the state, he also criticised Banerjee without naming her for her use of helicopter and for a ‘huge amount of black money’.

Banerjee said the government of Maa-Mati-Manush would not only provide good governance but also ensure development in all sectors including health, agriculture and industry. “Our government has been elected. The people of Jangalmahal will also give the Left Front an appropriate response in the election and if the CPI(M) did not indulge in any rigging, the state will witness a miracle,” the Trinamool chief said.

Banerjee promised to withdraw all false cases if her government was formed. She also spoke of providing kisan vision cards to farmers.