TMC video challenges Modi's 'people-friendly' schemes
Kolkata: In a giant stride to strengthen its campaign before the ensuing Lok Sabha elections, the Trinamool Congress on Saturday took to social media and uploaded a short video highlighting the state government's 'Sabuj Sathi' scheme. The video, at the same time, demands an explanation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on why he has failed to provide basic infrastructure to make the girl child go to school though the Centre boasts of a very successful 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' scheme.
The video — titled 'Pradhan Mantri Hisab Dao' — begins with a young girl from Rewari village in Haryana talking about her difficulty in reaching her school which is more than 14 kilometres away. The girl says that she has been compelled to drop out owing to her difficulty and criticises the Centre for its failure in taking adequate measures in implementing its 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Yojana'.
The video then switches to Hooghly district where a rural woman talks about the 'Sabuj Sathi' scheme of the TMC government in Bengal and its role in facilitating girls to reach their schools easily. The video ends with an appeal to vote for TMC for development in the state and for building a secular and progressive Centre in Delhi.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's pet project 'Sabuj Sathi', that has benefitted nearly 1 crore students of classes between IX and XII of the state-run, aided schools and madrasas, was selected among the top five most voted projects by the United Nations in February.
The project is one-of-its-kind in the country in which bicycles are given free of cost to the students across the state. State Finance minister Amit Mitra had announced the distribution of bicycles among state-run, aided schools and madrasas during his 2015-16 Budget speech.
"We will be uploading some more videos highlighting various people-friendly schemes of the Mamata Banerjee government and at the same time raising questions over the failure of the Narendra Modi government," a senior member of the TMC Cyber Cell said.
This is the first time that the Trinamool Congress has uploaded such a video on the Facebook page of the All India Trinamool Congress. During the Panchayat polls, the TMC had also made videos showcasing different development schemes but the questions about the failure of the Prime Minister had not been raised then.
The video assumes significance with TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee taking a leading role to unite all parties opposed to the saffron party under one umbrella. The 'United India' rally convened by her on January 19 had witnessed several important leaders across the nation who are opposed to the BJP unitedly pitching for the ouster of the Narendra Modi government.
It was in September last year when Banerjee, during a digital conclave of her party, had instructed her youth brigade to take to social media to counter the spread of fake news by the BJP to ensure that no wrong information is circulated through social media. All India Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee asserted in building an arsenal of 'digital warriors' to garner more support for the ruling party and said that the cell would work hard to ensure that the party wins all the 42 Lok Sabha seats.