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Talk about rural goodies, Mamata tells panchayat poll managers

Talk about rural goodies, Mamata  tells panchayat poll managers
The West Bengal chief minister and the Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has issued a set of special instructions to her party orkers to carry out ‘proper campaigning’ for the upcoming panchayat elections in the state.

First and foremost, explaining the Panchayati Raj system and reaching a consensus about the party candidates will have to to be introduced at the district level, says the booklet carrying Banerjee’s instructions. ‘About 90 per cent of candidate selection for the panchayat polls is complete. Where there are differences, Banerjee will decide’, Sovandeb Chattopadhyay, TMC MLA and chief whip, told Millennium Post.

Most importantly, party workers have been asked to talk about the state government’s achievements (and of the party) over the last two years or so. Emphasis will be given to the health sector and farmer benefits that the state Government has ensured. ‘Crop insurance, kissan credit cards, implementation of the 100 days work scheme and setting up of health facilities have been some of our achievements’, said Chattopadhyay. Once the party candidates are finalised, election meetings will be underway in full force. The operations are being overseen by the ex railways Minister and General Secretary of the All Indian Trinamool Congress.

The state government has already started distributing booklets declaring its achievements among the rural electorate. However, with the dates of the panchayat elections and other related issues being fought in court between the Trinamool Congress-led government and the State Election Commission, the urgency seems to be missing even in party campaigns.
Nandini Guha

Nandini Guha

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