The ruling Trinamool Congress which is banking on the development plank in the upcoming Assembly polls is telling its urban voters(or taxpayers) about its achievements in fields like cleanliness, water supply, road connectivity and other amenities which determine the quality of life.
Sovandeb Chattopadhyay, who is a veteran Trinamool MLA and sitting Speaker of the Trinamool Congress in the Vidhan Sabha, is talking about his party’s achievements in keeping Kolkata clean and green during campaigns.
The city’s drainage system, water supply, lighting up of streets, revamping and building parks are some of the areas where work has been done also by the Trinamool run Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) even before the party came to power in the 2011 Assembly polls. “However, when it comes to slums, the electorate wants facilities like rice at Rs 2 a kilo, regular water supply and protection from local cops. Other issues like pension for widows is also a demand”, Sovandeb Chattopadhyay, an MLA since 1991 told Millennium Post.
First time party contestant from Bally, Vaishali Dalmiya, also feels that in the Assembly polls, voters will be looking at issues like infrastructure and industry.
“While the Trinamool Congress Government led by Mamata Banerjee has drastically improved infrastructure of the state, people remain primarily concerned with health facilities and cleanliness. Other issues like industry or employment come next”, Dalmiya told Millennium Post. A veteran Trinamool Congress leader like Sougata Roy, party MP from Dum Dum, said that people of his area have welcomed facilities like new flyovers and implementation of two water supply projects that have ensured water in every home.
Keeping factories of the area open is also a challenge, he said. “There has been all-round development of Kolkata in the last four and half years. Candidates from the Trinamool Congress should focus on that before the Assembly elections”, Roy told Millennium Post.