Aiming to wrest Left parties presence in Bankura district in the upcoming election, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday claimed that opposition party had not done anything for the people there.
Bankura has been the stronghold of CPI-M since 1977 and even held on to it despite TMC’s landslide win in 2011 Assembly polls.
“CPI-M has won from this seat for the last 39 years, but did not do anything for the people of the constituency,” Banerjee said at a poll rally in Bankura.
Canvassing support for the TMC candidate from the seat, she said left failed to get even drinking water to the tribal region, and dint even talk of improving infrastructure.
“We will work to bring drinking water to this water-scarce area Public Health Engineering (PHE) department had taken up an ambitious water supply project worth Rs 1,100 crore that would benefit around 34 lakh people when completed in two phases,” said Mamata.
Reiterating her claim that CPI-M had unleashed a reign of terror against opposition during its 34-year-long rule in the state, Banerjee alleged that even now they are continuing with such practice.
“Nine TMC workers have been killed in the state since elections were declared,” she claimed.
Meanwhile, in another rally in Kharagpur, Mamata Banerjee campaigned for Trinamool Congress candidate Ramprasad Tiwari and said the pending development works in the constituency will be a priority work for the government if her party comes to power.
Kharagpur is witnessing a three cornered contest with BJP state president Dilip Ghosh, TMC’s Ram Prasad Tiwari and Gyan Singh of CPI ( M) contesting from the seat.
Gyan Singh, fondly called ‘Chacha’ by his admirers, is the Congress-Left Front alliance candidate from IIT and Railway town Kharagpur, where from he has won four consecutive times.
“I have known Gyan Singh Sohan Pal for long and have great respect for him. Still, I think much needs to be done for Kharagpur’s development and Trinamool Congress will do that if it gets the opportunity,” Banerjee said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also campaigned in Kharagpur on Sunday to garner support for BJP candidates.
The high voltage battle in Bengal is expected to continue throughout the six phase election beginning from April 4.
West Bengal Assembly Elections 2016 will be held in six phases. The results of West Bengal Assembly Elections will be declared on May 19
(With inputs from PTI)