Without naming Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said the leaders from Delhi were coming to the state, making false promises and urging people not to vote in favour of Opposition parties.
Banerjee said while addressing a rally at Raghunathpur on Tuesday afternoon. She had also addressed a rally at Ranibandh in Bankura.
She said Centre had stopped most of the projects and reduced the money in other projects too. But despite that, the state government had managed to carry out those programmes.
The funds for projects like Sarba Siksha Abhiyan and ICDS programmes have been stopped but despite that the state government had continued with these projects. Similarly, the allocation of funds in construction of roads in rural areas had been reduced and the state government completed them despite acute fund crunch.
Banerjee said the BJP would never get the Trinamool Congress beside it as the TMC was a secular party. “They have insulted Rabindranath, Nazrul and Ambedkar and Trinamool being a secular party respects the seniments of all people belonging to different religions. Trinmool does not believe in the divide and rule policy. West Bengal has always supported religious and social harmony and under no circumstances this social fabic will be destroyed,” she said.
Trinamool chief said the state government had brought peace to Jangalmahal. “People are living in peace and harmony and the fear of violence has gone from their mind. But to vote for the CPI(M) will mean bringing back the old days of bloodshed and violence,” she said. Banerjee maintained that the Trinamool stood on a rock solid foundation and cautioned the Oppoisition not to take the party for granted. “We have patience and have tolerated the volley of lies and canard spread by the Opposition. But they should never consider us to be weak. Our sobriety should not be misunderstood,” she said.
Banerjee said in the past four-and-a-half years, a series of development works had taken place in the backward districts.
“The Left had not done anything and so they are now trying to stall development work on one pretext or the other,” she pointed out. Banerjee urged people to vote for the Trinamool Congress that had brought change to the areas and many more development projects would be taken up in future. To supply drinking water to the draught-torn areas, a project worth Rs 1,200 crore has been taken up and this will benefit people immensely.
“Trinamool has always worked for the masses and will continue to do so in future,” she said.