Mamata Banerjee sets aggressive tone for 2016 assembly polls

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Jul 22, 2015 12:11 IST
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses Martyr’s Day rally in Kolkata on Tuesday. (PTI photo)

As she set the tone for the crucial assembly polls next year, Mamata Banerjee highlighted her government’s achievements on Tuesday.

The Bengal chief minister and Trinamool chief was speaking at the Martyrs’ Day rally at Esplanade, where she took a dig at the Centre’s initiatives.

During her one-hour speech, the chief minister highlighted her government’s achievements in different areas from health to education to employment generation despite the severe constraints on the exchequer.

“While the Centre is observing Swachh Bharat programme, it is Bengal that has done it on the ground. Look at Nadia district,” said the chief minister referring to Nadia district being declared as open defecation-free district in the country.

“In Beti Banchao and Beti Padao, the Centre has allocated Rs 50 crore. In our Kanyashree project, we have allocated Rs 1,000 crore. Twenty three lakh girls in Bengal have been incorporated in the Kanyashree project,” said Mamata.

“In four years, we could generate employment opportunities for 39 lakh people. In another two years, there will be 23 lakh more jobs. About 70,000 teachers will be recruited soon,” claimed the chief minister.

“We will be employing about 2 lakh people in the government sector,” she added.

“The Left left the state in an indebted position. Where is the money for building roads, regulating water supply, building schools and colleges and generating jobs?” remarked the chief minister.

“Nearly 35,000 imams and muezzins get paid as they serve the common people. Out of 9 crore people, we supply rice at R2 a kg to 3.2 crore people,” she said.

The chief minister highlighted that compared to the Left Front regime, Bengal prospered under the Maa Mati Manush government. “In four years, we have set up 13 universities and 45 colleges (including 15 private ones). How many were there in the 34 years of the Left regime? Everyone is regressive and cause riots, but we take Bengal forward,” she said.

She also highlighted initiatives like fair-price medicine shops and fair-price diagnostic centres across the state.

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