The incident at Malancha village in Diamond Harbour where 30-year-old Purnima Haldar sold off her three daughters for a mere Rs 155 faced with grinding poverty, has left both CPI(M) and Trinamool Congress red-faced. None could skirt responsibility as the local Netra gram panchayat is ruled by CPI(M) and Trinamool is at the helm of affairs in the state.
The incident is unfortunate. Money is not reaching the masses in spite of a slew of developmental schemes announced by the chief minister. During our time, there were 2-3 middlemen, now there are 7-8, claimed CPI(M) MLA from Canning East, Abdur Rezzak Mollah.
Trinamool MLA from Basanti Subhash Naskar claimed the incident as false and aimed at maligning the government, continuing with the tradition of dismissing unpleasant incidents in the state as concocted.
The incident is completely baseless and a conspiracy against the government. Leave alone selling, who will buy babies for Rs 20-30 nowadays? The woman must have had some other intentions, which need to be probed. She might be making up stories now to cover up her guilt. Or she might be mad as she does not know the value of Rs 20-30. This condition does not exist in Bengal where people are not able to eat and forced to sell off their babies. If at all some families are very poor, neighbours help them to survive, said Naskar.
Other parties lost no time to train guns on the present government.
This incident proves once again that the chief ministerfs promises exist only on paper. The CPI(M) has left the people of Bengal on the streets and Trinamool has fared no better. The government should instead do constructive work rather than promising the moon. The incident reflects the level of poverty and hunger existing among people, that a mother is forced to sell off her daughters,h said Rahul Sinha, state BJP president.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has claimed that she has completed 90% of the prepoll promises within one year of her reign. In spite of being burdened with debt, that currently amounts to over Rs 2 lakh crore, she has splurged on local clubs, donating lakhs to them and announced projects in perhaps every district of the state, most of which are yet to take off.
The government should ensure that every family has a decent living. Facilities announced by the government do not reach people. Names of people leading wretched lives are not incorporated in BPL list,said Pradip Bhattacharya, state Congress President.