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Buddhadeb coins new slogan

kolkata Updated: Jan 03, 2011 22:09 IST

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To counter the 'Ma, Mati, Manush' slogan of the Trinamool Congress, West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Monday coined a new slogan 'Krishi, Silpa, Manush' (agriculture, industry, people), ahead of the coming Assembly elections in the state.

"They say 'Ma, Mati Manush' (mother, land, people)? We say 'Krishi, Silpa, Manush'," Bhattacharjee said at the 44th anniversary of the publication of party daily 'Ganashakti'.

Alleging that the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress was indulging in disruptive politics, he said, "The flight of Tata Motors from Singur was a gain for Gujarat at the expense of West Bengal.

"But we have resolved to set up an industry at Singur, and if possible an automobile industry," he said.

Pointing that the CPI(M) was the first political party in the state to have championed the cause of landless farmers, Bhattacharjee said, "We have to walk on the path of industrialisation, but have to tread carefully."

He said that drawing lessons from past experiences in Singur and Nandigram, the Left Front government has decided to be careful in acquiring land for industrialisation.

He slammed the opposition for violence in Singur and Nandigram undoing the government's efforts at industrialisation.

The chief minister, however, asserted that there would be no change in the decision to set up a petrochemicals factory, though it would be located at Nayachar and not Nandigram in East Midnapore district.

"Not Nandigram, the petrochemical unit will come up at Nayachar and there will be no looking back on the decision," he said.

Bhattacharjee said that the state was strong in agriculture, but to create employment for lakhs of youths who pass out every year from schools and colleges, large industries were needed.