Mamata urges people to fight Maoists
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday assured the people of this rebel-dominated district that the government will undertake several developmental projects in the area and urged them to fight against the guerrillas.india Updated: Nov 11, 2011 19:52 IST
Calling upon Maoists to lay down arms and return to the mainstream, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday assured the people of this rebel-dominated district that the government will undertake several developmental projects in the area and urged them to fight against the guerrillas.
“For what are we fighting? The fight is against under development…the fight is for getting jobs. The fight is for survival. Maoists will give you threats. They will be rich by killing innocent persons. Will you allow this? You people bring changes in Bengal. You can fight against CPI-M, cannot you fight against the Maoists?” Banerjee told a rally at Balarampur here.
Urging the people of the district to get together to fight against the rebels, she said, “Do not give shelters to them. Do not be afraid. We want peace.”
She reiterated that the Trinamool Congress-led government will provide ‘food, clothes and house’ to the rebels who lay down arms and said the government was ready to give ‘everything’ to the guerrillas who surrender.
“I am not your enemy, but killers are my enemy. I do not want to use arms against arms. I am against arms. If you lay down arms, we will give you everything which you want.
"When people will not get food, they will snatch guns from you. So the fight is for development. Return to the main stream of life,” she said.
Banerjee assured the people that the government will take a slew of developmental projects in the district.
“We are carrying out many projects here. We are setting up a polytechnic college at Baghmundi… we will start separate department for minority people. We are building 326 upper-primary schools, 56 secondary schools will be upgraded to higher-secondary schools. We will give bicycles to the 11,000 school girls in Purulia,” she said.
She said the government was planning to develop Ayodha hills as a major tourism centre and will spend crores of rupees for that.
“We want Purulia to become a model. There will be stadiums, medical colleges and also an airport here,” she added.
First Published: Nov 11, 2011 19:48 IST