KOLKATA: With the panchayat polls round the corner in the state, the CPM’s Bengal unit has upped the ante against Chief Minister
Mamata Banerjee and her eight-month-old government.
The charges levelled against the Trinamool Congress government include the apathy towards the public health sector, government expenditure, farmers’ suicides and even the alleged TMC-Naxal nexus.
“Some people thought that they have seen enough of the Left Front (LF) government and wanted ‘paribartan” (change)... They now know that things have become worse,” Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, CPM Politburo member and former Chief Minister, told a party rally in Midnapore.
For Didi, the panchayat polls will be the icing on the cake, following the decimation of the CPM-led Left Bloc in the state, in last year’s Assembly elections.
And Mamata wants to repeat Trinamool’s historic triumph in the panchayat polls, especially as majority of panchayats are still under CPM control. In a bid to ensure CPM’s defeat in the forthcoming polls, Mamata has roped in old warhorse Subrata Mukherjee as the Panchayat Minister.
The Marxists, meanwhile, slammed the Chief Minister for claiming that only one farmer had committed suicide in the state.
“Thirty-one farmers have committed suicide till now and she (Mamata) is celebrating (this) by inaugurating youth festival at Jhargram, visiting seasides with film stars etc. People must not accept this,” said
Surjya Kanta Mishra, the Leader of Opposition.
Buddhadeb also accused the state government of releasing funds for unnecessary expenditures, while citing debt crisis as the reason for non-payment of salaries to government staff.
“The government is giving grants to clubs but is not paying salaries to the transport department and other employees. The government is claiming that it faced a crunch of funds, but it is making frivolous expenditure,” Buddhadeb added.
The Communist Party of India Marxist also alleged that the TMC had brought the Maoists into the Jangalmhal, a known stronghold of the Left-wing guerrillas.