She was addressing a rally on Tuesday afternoon. Her campaign which began on March 14 ended here on Tuesday. The district will go for poll on May 5 along with East Midnapore. There are nine constituencies in Cooch Behar and 16 in East Midnapore.
She urged people to vote for Udayan Guha. Guha, son of Forward Bloc leader Kamal Guha, had joined TMC nearly a year ago. “Udayan wants to work hard for people and so give him an opportunity,” she said.
Trinamool Congress chief reiterated that the party already had the magic figure to form the government “But your vote is required to make the government strong so that development work can be carried out smoothly.” Urging the voters she said “One vote is equal to one blessing and bless us with your vote.”
Lashing out at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi she said the BJP was interested to divide Darjeeling and Cooch Behar. “They are fanning secessionist forces. When Modi comes, you find leaders who want to divide Cooch Behar and those who want to divide Darjeeling on his two sides. But we do not believe in division and will resist any attempt to divide the state. She said the people should be united against the rumour mongers, conspirators and those who were spreading canards.
“It is a tragedy that no one is attacking us on development issues. There is personal slander, canards and rumours,” she remarked.
Banerjee said the people had seen development and it was the major issue in election this year. People were getting Rs 2 a kilo rice. The students were getting bicycles free of cost and under Kanyashree project they were getting scholarships. “If voted back to power the government would do more work,” she said.
Criticising CPI(M), she said the state government had to pay interest on the loan which the CPI(M) government had taken. “The money was not spent to develop the state. The money was spent to construct party offices. But we have taken the government to the people and all sections of people have been benefitted by the projects. “Our main strength is people and we will continue to look after the weak and poor and make schemes to benefit them. The youngsters should be given jobs,” she said adding “The state government has made schemes for the artisans, mask makers and folk artists.”
Banerjee said schemes would be taken for the people of the enclaves who would vote for the first time since Independence. “They are all our brother and sisters”, she said adding: “vote fearlessly and celebrate the day of polling as festival.”