Bulldoze TMC government to industrialise Bengal: CPM  

Bulldoze TMC government to industrialise Bengal: CPM  

CPM's farmer's rally in Central Kolkata on Thursday. photo by Soumya Das

The people of Bengal have to bulldoze the Trinamool Congress (TMC) out of the state to usher in industrialisation, CPM state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra said on Thursday.

He also dubbed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as the “main obstruction” against the industrialisation of Bengal.

Mishra was addressing a gathering at a public meeting held at the conclusion of the long march from Singur to the Governor’s House in Kollkata.

It was organised by the Pradeshik Krishak Sabha(PKS), the state unit of CPM’s farmers’ wing.

CPM’s state leadership launched a scathing attack against Mamata regarding the plight of farmers and unemployment in Bengal.

“The way the chief minister destroyed Tata Motor’s Nano car factory which was 90% complete at that time, with bulldozers and dynamite is still fresh in the minds of people. If there is to be industrialisation in Bengal then people have to bulldoze your (Mamata’s) government. You are the main hindrance to the industrialisation of Bengal,” Mishra said.

He further claimed that even though the Bengal chief minister and Prime Minister Narendra Modi trade charges against each other in public speeches, in reality the two are on the same page to a great extent.

“I have heard that 40% of the job cards under NREGA are being cancelled in Bengal. From their speeches it seems that Dada (Modi) and Didi (Modi) are at loggerheads with each other but in reality they are very much together. Job cards are being cancelled by the state government because Centre has slashed funds for NREGA,” Mishra said.

He also targeted the prime minister over the Statue of Unity and the proposed statue of Lord Rama in Uttar Pradesh, a brain child of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

“Modi and Yogi are competing over who can build the tallest statue. One has built the Statue of Unity and the other is now saying that he will build the tallest statue of Lord Rama,”’ said Mishra.

He also announced that CPM will hold a mega rally at Kolkata’s Brigade Parade Ground on February 3.

However, the party workers did not try to head towards the Governor’s House, as the path was barricaded by police.

At one point, state secretary of PKS Amal Haldar urged party workers not to head towards the Governor’s House because there was heavy police deployment.

“Although the party leadership claimed that there will be a 50,000 strong gathering in Kolkata today (Thursday), barely 20,000 people have arrived,” a senior CPM leader told DH.