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Didi renews promise of rail link in Jangalmahal

The epicentre of the Maoist movement, Lalgarh, will be put on the railway map. So railway minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee promised at an election rally in Midnapore on Thursday. HT reports.

india Updated: May 07, 2011 08:31 IST
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The epicentre of the Maoist movement, Lalgarh, will be put on the railway map. So railway minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee promised at an election rally in Midnapore on Thursday.

The rail tracks will connect with Jhilimili and Kharta, where the rebels are active, to Bankura. Jhilimili and Mukutmanipur in Bankura were tourist spots but the Maoist movement has robbed these places of their attraction. A new railway link may boost tourism in the region.

Banerjee turned Santa Claus, with the announcement that after the Ma-Mati-Manush-er government is formed, it would construct new hospitals, schools, industries and do more for Jangalmahal area.

“You know very well what I have done in just two years as railway minister. And after the Ma-Maati-Manush-er government is formed, I will give you more. The new government will work for the development for the area. We will give you a corruption-free government,” Banerjee said.

In an election rally at Midnapore Town, Banerjee promised to lay down rail tracks to Lalgarh from Midnapore and right up to Bankura through Jhargram, Jhilimili, Mukutmanipur and Khatra.

In her speech, Banerjee also mentioned that she had already given new trains and set up a rail coach factory in West Midnapore and she promised to do more for the area.

The flurry of promises on Saturday made many recall her speech at the historic “apolitical” rally in Lalgarh on August 9 last year. It was at that rally that she first promised railway tracks for Lalgarh.

“As in other places, Left Front has done nothing for Jangalmahal area too. But we will ensure a special package for Jangalmahal. We will also create job opportunities and give employment to 10 lakh youths in two years,” Banerjee said. She also mentioned the Netai episode as well as Singur and Nandigram.

She also hoped that if there was a free and fair vote then CPI(M) would not get any vote. In that case, Garbeta and Keshpur too would witness change.

“In Burdwan district too, no one will vote for CPI(M) and we also hope to do well in Murshidabad too,” said Banerjee, who attended rallies at Raipur, Sarenga, Khatra and Bankura town on Thursday.

Dismissing the CPI(M)'s allegation of Trinamool's Maoist links, she said: “The Trinamool is accused by the CPI(M) of being pro-Maoist. We are Gandhian. I will prefer death than sacrifice the interests of the motherland. You (CPM) can sell out the motherland but we will not.”

Banerjee accused the ruling Marxists of using the police to terrorise voters in Maoist-affected areas of West Bengal. “The officers in charge of Salboni and Kotwali police stations are acting as agents of CPI(M).”