A day after West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee slammed its ally for taking out an anti-government rally, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Saturday hit back.
“We have not taken political VRS in West Bengal that we will not bring out any procession,” said Ramesh at Lalgarh in West Midnapore district.
"The Congress and Trinamool Congress belong to one family and it is the right of all to take out political processions," said the Union rural development minister.
Congress MPs Mousam Benazir Noor and Deepa Dasmunshi had led a silent procession through Banerjee's assembly segment on Friday against attacks on Congressmen and police inaction.
Ramesh was visiting villages in the Maoist-hit Jungalmahal area to supervise implementation of the central Integrated Action Plan Aid scheme.
“Joint forces alone cannot tackle Maoists. There should be a three-pronged strategy combined with developmental measures, political dialogue and action by the joint forces to uproot the rebels, said Ramesh after visiting villages under Kotwali, Salboni and Lalgarh area.
Ramesh also visited some road works under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) scheme. “The quality has not been maintained properly,” he said. “We had given R30 crore for West Midnapore district under the PMGSY scheme. We will include Bankura and Purulia in the list,” he said. His visit is of great importance to the Trinamool Congress-led government, as he is the key man in releasing development funds for Jangalmahal.