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Socio economic condition deteriorated under NDA rule: Buddhadev

Launching an attack on BJP-led NDA government, West Bengal CM Buddhadev Bhattacharjee said socio-economic condition of the country had deteriorated under its rule.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Nasik
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2004 08:42 PM IST

Launching an attack on BJP-led NDA government, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee on Saturday said socio-economic condition of the country had deteriorated under its rule.

Addressing an election meeting in Kalidas Kala Mandir in the city for Left and Democratic Front candidate for Nasik constituency, Radheshyam Gunjal, he said the BJP's `feel-good factor' and `India Shining' campaign were `eye-washes'.


"The poor people are not feeling good at all due to the government's anti-farmer, anti-worker policies," Bhattarcharjee said.


He said the country's agricultural management was in a critical condition as tribals and dalits are landless and their problems remain `unresolved'. "Hence, farmers in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and other parts had committed suicide",he added.

Bhattacharjee said even after 55 years of independence, "the major issues and questions have still remained with us, created by casteist forces like BJP, RSS and Bajrang Dal".

"The forces like RSS and BJP were involved in communal riots, assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, demolition of Babri Masjid. They are working in the name of hindutva," Bhattacharjee said adding that "RSS and BJP created incidents in Gujarat and riots in other parts of the country, spreading panic among minorities and to get support of majority communities."

Asking people `not to vote' for BJP and Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, he said Left and Democratic Front of CPM, CPI, Peasants and Workers' Party (PWP), Bahujan Mahasangh has been formed in the state to scuttle their electoral prospect.

He said the Left Front in West Bengal had been `strong' for the past many years and added "we succeeded in stopping casteist parties. At present there is not a single MLA or MP of BJP in our state. We have done better work for farmers, workers, adivasis and dalits by distributing 70 per cent land to them."

Referring to the recent Lucknow stampede that claimed 22 lives, he said: "It is not important whether any party has violated the model code of conduct; but it was shameful that a poor woman lost her life for want of a saree, which highlights the poor economic condition of the country."

After the speech he left for tribal dominated Dindori town and was scheduled to address a poll meet at powerloom town of Malegaon.

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