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Nandigram dreams died young: Buddha

The state government wanted to turn Nandigram into another Haldia but the Trinamool Congress came in the way, the chief minister said on Saturday, blaming the opposition party for the police firing that killed 14 people. HT reports.

india Updated: May 01, 2011 15:16 IST
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The state government wanted to turn Nandigram into another Haldia but the Trinamool Congress came in the way, the chief minister said on Saturday, blaming the opposition party for the police firing that killed 14 people.

Speaking at a rally at Heria, Khejuri, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said, “Haldia was transformed from a village to a flourishing port and an industrial town. We then turned our attention to Nandigram but the Trinamool Congress sabotaged our effort with lies.”

“The Trinamool started spreading canards that the state government is resorting to forcible land acquisition. We ruled out the possibility but they cut roads and set fire to houses. The police had to go in to restore peace. I did not want the police to fire and we did no wrong,” said Bhattacharjee, who has, on earlier occasions, admitted that Nandigram was a mistake.

Targeting the Trinamool for corruption and misrule in panchayats and zilla parishads, Bhattacharjee said, “Development has come to a stop. We had constructed roads and bridges and they were bent on destruction.”

Drawing a contrast with Trinamool, Bhattacharjee said voters had chosen the Left for seven terms continuously and added that the Marxist will win for the eighth time and do more good things.

The equations changed in the state after the police firing in Nandigram. The Trinamool was revived and went on to win several gram panchayats and also made a sweep of the Lok Sabha polls in 2009.

“Whenever there is any trouble, Trinamool is there,” said the chief minister. Bhattacharjee claimed that even after Singur and Nandigram, industrialisation had not stopped. He said that the Left Front, after coming to power, would concentrate on agriculture, education and health facilities for the poor besides giving impetus to industry. “The youth will want jobs and for that we need industry.”

The chief minister charged Trinamool Congress with terrorising villagers in Nandigram, Khejuri, Patashpur and Bhaganpur. He also accused Trinamool of using black money, which is paying for the helicopter used by the Trinamool chief.

“The Trinamool is flush with funds. From where is it getting such huge amounts of money? We asked the Election Commission to trace the money. Trinamool Congress is trying to create terror. But people will not allow this to happen. We will definitely win,” said Bhattacharjee, who also addressed another rally at Nimtouri near Tamluk.

Picking up the cue from their leader, Marxist supporters started chanting the victory slogan. Sixteen assembly seats go to the polls on Tuesday.

Only two days ago, Trinamool Banerjee held a mammoth rally at Nandigram and promised development.