The Trinamool Congress chief stormed Burdwan and slammed the CPI(M) for false propaganda. Dismissing Marxist claims that if Trinamool comes to power pattas (land deeds) will be cancelled, Banerjee said the idea is to legalise them.
Addressing two back-to-back rallies in the CPI(M) heartland, Banerjee effortlessly communicated with the people.
"I will die but not take any land forcibly. We will provide pattas for the poor and make it legal."
Talking about suicide of farmers in the rice belt, the Trinamool chief said it reflected the Left Front government's failure. "Unavailability of bank loans, lack of proper irrigation, insufficient cold storages, inadequate procurement price and no direct access to market have made the farmers vulnerable," she said. Referring to the infamous 1970 Sainbari massacre, in which two brothers were hacked to death, Banerjee said the killers would be punished if she were voted to power.
Later, visiting Mangalkot, the Trinamool chief said the Marxists have turned the area into goons and arms factory. "I promise to bring development here. There is no hospital here and patients have to be admitted to the Burdwan Medical College. I will rectify this. A super speciality hospital will be set up here and journeys to Chennai and Vellore will be history," she said.
Cautioning against violence, which is endemic here, Banerjee said, "Please exercise restraint and do not give in to Marxist provocation. I know you have suffered enough but a better tomorrow is around the corner. Any violence now and polls may be cancelled."
Criticising commerce and industries minister Nirupam Sen for not developing his constituency, the Trinamool chief said the Marxist heavyweight was busy planning the forcible acquiring of land in Singur and Nandigram.