red flag protects the poor, Muslims: Buddhadeb
Saturday November 27, 2010 07:17:09 PM,
(West Bengal): Wooing the Muslims and the poorer
sections of society ahead of next year's state assembly polls,
West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Saturday said
only the Left front protected their interests.
"Congress does not protect the interests of the poor. Only the red
flag (of the communists who lead the Left Front) protects your
interests. Some of you have misunderstood us and left us. I appeal
to you to please come back to our fold. We will walk together in
the path of development," Bhattacharjee said at a public rally
here in North 24 Parganas district.
Ridiculing the call for political change given by Trinamool
Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, Bhattacharjee asked: "What is the
change that they are talking about? We have undertaken land
reforms and given land to the poor. Do they mean by change that
they will return to the big landholders and landlords the land
that we have taken away from them?"
He accused Trinamool of spreading misinformation and falsehood.
"Suddenly, they began campaigning that we will take away land of
all Muslims. Why? We have given title deeds to people. Why should
we take away their land?"
Bhattacharjee said the state government was taking all steps for
lifting the standards of the poor Muslims and had included them in
the other backward class (OBC) category.
"I appeal to all youths to take the OBC certificates. It will help
you to get jobs," he said.
Basirhat, and North 24 Parganas as a whole, have a high
concentration of Muslims, most of whom are peasants.
A large section of Muslims, who earlier supported the Left Front,
have turned away from the ruling combine after Trinamool's
anti-land acquisition protests in Singur and Nandigram and the
denunciation of the Rajinder Sachar Committee for neglecting
Muslims in the state.
Coming down heavily on Trianmool, he alleged that the opposition
party was trying to thwart the state's development.
The chief minister referred to Trinamool's intense stir against
land acquisition in Singur in Hooghly district that ultimately
forced Tata Motors to shift their Nano manufacturing plant to
Sanand in Gujarat two years back.
"They thought they can stop us from bringing industries here by
stopping Singur. No, they cannot. We have to build factories for
our young boys and girls. Why should all educated people take up
farming? Many of them don't want to. They want other jobs," he
He also accused Trinamool of trying to stop the widening of
National Highways and ushering in power projects.
On Trinamool's latest protests against land acquisition in
Kolkata's satellite township of Rajarhat, Bhattacharjee said: "Ten
lakh people will stay in the township. They (opposition) now say
they will stop land acquisition. But we have already taken the
land. Do they think we will allow them to cause harm to the
The chief minister alleged that Trinamool activists were guiding
the Maoists to the house of Communist Party of India - Marxist
(CPI-M) leaders in West Midnapore district.
"The Maoists have managed to make a comeback to the state because
Trinamool has joined hands with them. Trinamool is elated as the
Maoists are killing our people," he said.
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