Bengal, not Gujarat, is the model for India: Mamata
Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee today said at an election rally in Kulti of Burdwan district in support for the Asansol candidate Dola Sen, Gujarat is not the national model, Bengal is the true model for India.
Ms Banerjee said, ''Gujarat does not have such a huge debt burden like us. Bengal has only two ports, out of which one needs dredging. Gujarat has many ports. The growth in revenue generation in Gujarat is 15 per cent. In Bengal it is 31 per cent. Bengal is better than Gujarat. Infant mortality rate in Gujarat is 42. In Bengal it is 31. I love the people of Gujarat, not those who orchestrate riots. During her speech, Ms Banerjee also slammed the secret understanding between CPI(M), Congress and the BJP to defeat Trinamool. She minced no words to express her displeasure at the Centre for not providing funds to Bengal. Ms Banerjee said, ''The Centre took away Rs 76000 crores. They are not releasing Rs 1400 crores for 100-days job scheme. The Centre is depriving us of funds. They do not want us to carry on developmental work. The Congress is anti-people, they only hike prices. Prices of everything have shot up during Congress rule.''
She said BJP comes to Bengal only when there are elections and divides people on religious lines. Where does the BJP hide during Durga Puja?
Addressing the rally, Ms Banerjee said, those who support riots can never become PM. They can use money power for marketing. But people won't vote for them.
''We have given second language status to Urdu, Gurmukhi, Al Chiki, Nepali. Bengal Govt has declared Chhat Puja as a state holiday. From Hills to Jangalmahal, we care for all. No matter what their caste or religion is,'' she said.
Ms Banerjee along with Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP Mithun Chakraborty and Asansol Lok Sabha contestant of the Trinamool Congress Dola Sen attended the rally.
The state goes to poll in four phases -- April 24, April 30, May 07, May 12.
(Posted on 05-04-2014)