By Deepayan Sinha, Kolkata, Feb 9 IBNS | 10 months ago

Making a scathing attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Sunday said the state is going backward on agriculture, industry and education while a rising sexual assaults on women have become the order.

At a massive rally at Brigade Parade Ground, where the CPI-M was under pressure to fill the ground after the huge turnout in the rallies by Mamata Banerjee and the BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, the CPI-M senior leaders slammed both Mamata at the state and the BJP at the centre.

Former Chief Minister Budhhadeb Bhattacharjee calling the turnout at the rally as unprecedented said, "West Bengal is going to backward in agriculture, health, education, employment, industry and in everything. Farmers have to commit suicide, government is responsible for it."

He said the centre and the state government failed to control rising prices of every essential commodity.

"Mamata Banerjee published her own photos in government advertisements using the money of tax payer. Colouring the bridges blue and white she is claiming that her government has built those."

"Attacks on women are rising. The CM tires to hold our tongue, but we will never quit, Red never surrenders. We shall overcome," said Bhattacharjee.

"The TMC government has played with the life of Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) candidates in last TET exam," he said.

Left Front chairman Biman Bose said the TMC cadres had tried to stop the people from joining the rallies and had even attacked the buses in which they were coming and leading to injury and hospitalization of many.

He said CPI-M is not for conducted meetings like the ones by TMC or BJP, calling the turnout at Brigade as spontaneous and challenged the mediapersons to show any vacant space.

CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat sharpened his attack on both UPA and NDA.

"There are no differences between UPA and NDA in economic policy. We are not concerned about the next prime minister, we are thinking of the policies. Narendra Modi only can differentiate people by their religion. After election we will not find Modi in West Bengal, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala or Andhra Pradesh," he said.

Opposition party leader in the state assembly, Suryakanta Mishra said the state is now a frontrunner in rapes.

"West Bengal becomes first in rape and eve teasing, but the first woman chief minister of West Bengal does not have any concern about it, she is busy in festivals," he said.

(Posted on 10-02-2014)

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