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‘Our development track record better than Left’

“Left Front leaders and workers should put leucoplast on their lips and keep their mouth shut,” she said. “I am ready to take the challenge of the Left Front government. We have no fear as we have worked for the people,” Banerjee said. 

She also criticized the Centre for deducting over Rs 1 lakh crore towards servicing debts incurred by the erstwhile Left Front government. Banerjee enumerated the various social security schemes and emphasised on the ‘all-round development’ carried out by her government.

“Despite all the financial hurdles, we have made rapid progress. When the country’s per capita income growth rate is 6.1 per cent, our state’s rate is 12.48 per cent. From agriculture to industry to infrastructure, Bengal has made rapid progress. 

We have set up 70 new police stations, 8 coastal police stations, 19 human rights courts, 45 women police stations and 88 fast-track courts,” Banerjee said.

With the CPI (M) led Left Front upping the ante against the Trinamool Congress and calling for its ouster, Banerjee hit back asking them to “shut up”. “If you can fight, then fight, if you can develop, then do it, if you can accept the challenge then do it. But if you can’t, then shut up and let us carry ahead with development. 

For 34 years, you did nothing yet incurred so much debt and ruined three generations of the state.

“From new super specialty hospitals to sick newborn care units (SNCUs), from critical care units to mother and child hubs, to fair price medical shops and diagnostics centres, we have made a lot of infrastructural development in the field of health,” Banerjee claimed.

“People, who did nothing for 34 years, are now talking big. What we have done in mere four and half years, many can’t match that even in 400 years,” she added. 

Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math and Mission and other monks of the order were present. The mission plans to open a school for the tribals of Jangalmahal.
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