TMC chief Mamata Banerjee kicked off her campaign for the panchayat polls in West Bengal at the Left-controlled zilla parishad of Purulia.
While squarely blaming the 35-year long Left rule for the lack of development in the state, the West Bengal Chief Minister also attacked the Centre for not helping the state. “The Centre wants us to die of hunger. But as long we are in power in the state, we won’t let that happen. We may be poor, but not beggars. We know how to get back our right,” said Mamata. She also said that though the Centre had cancelled the setting up of a homoeopathic medical college in Purulia, the state government would go ahead with the proposal without the Central assistance. Mamata, who is on a two-day trip to Maoist-infested Jangalmahal, will be addressing a public meeting in Bankura on Tuesday.
“We will give you more loans, construct roads and arrange jobs for your sons and daughters. I need another six months to offer you some more benefits. Don’t support those who had once established a rule of terror in your locality. I appeal you to vote for us to make this government more powerful,” she said.
Mamata also alleged that the CPM had amassed wealth and had used it to run TV channels and a newspaper.
“They are red channels. Don’t listen to the misinformation and canards spread by these channels,” added Mamata.