The CPM has extended its support to Trinamool Congress to run a panchayat in Maoist-affected Lalgarh,where development activities had come to a halt because neither the Left Front nor the Trinamool had a clear majority on the board.
Asima Ruidas,a CPM representative elected from Saradamoni in Lalgarh,supported the Trinamool to get the panchayat budget passed in March.
The CPMs move comes at a time when the Mamata Banerjee government allegedly tried to curtail the power of the CPM-controlled North 24-Parganas zila parishad and vest financial powers with the district magistrate,raising a hue and cry among political circles.
This was done for the sake of development. Though there are local compulsions behind the move,the CPM representative supported the Trinamool board to help it carry out development works. The area witnessed bloodbaths when it was under the control of Maoists three years ago. Several CPM workers paid with their lives for not supporting the Maoists. We dont want to see that again. This is why we are supporting the Trinamool-led board at Lalgarh panchayat, a CPM leader said.
Local Trinamool leader and Pradhan of Lalgarh panchayat Ranibala Mahato admitted that carrying out development work without support from a CPM panchayat member was impossible.
Ruidas came out in support of us,following which we were able to get the panchayat budget passed. In the past two years,no development activities could be carried out as no one had a clear majority on the board. Development work started only this year, Mahato said.
Of 10 seats in the Lalgarh panchayat,the CPM has five one short of majority while Trinamool and Jharkhand Party (Aditya) hold four seats and one seat,respectively.
In 2008-09,2009-10 and 2010-11 financial years,the panchayat budget could not be passed. This year,with Ruidass support,we were able to pass the budget. In the past few months,we constructed roads and dug 20 ponds. Several tubewells were sunk in areas facing drinking water crisis. Within a short span of time,we provided jobs to many people under MNREGA. Our chief minister has announced many projects for Lalgarh. We have to work hard to realise Didis dream, Mahato said.
Haripada Rana,panchayat sahayak,said a lot remains to be done. There are several flaws in the BPL list due to which many people who deserve to be enlisted are not reaping the benefits of government schemes.