Mamata has lost faith in people, resorting to imams, activists: Adhir

The minister’s comments invoked a scathing retort from the minister for urban development Firhad Hakim, who called him ‘totally useless, who did nothing for the state’.

Kolkata | Updated: March 6, 2014 9:48 am

Accusing Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of appeasing imams and social activists because she was unsure of public support, WBPCC President Adhir Chowdhury Tuesday reiterated the party’s stand to contest the Lok Sabha elections without any coalitions in the state. “Mamata Banerjee is appeasing imams and intellectuals and endorsing them as she is not sure of public support in the state. That is why she needs to appease them. We want to fight alone in Bengal and will fight alone,” Chowdhury said at a railway event here. Union minster of state for railways and the West Bengal Pradesh Congess president, Adhir Chowdhury Tuesday said that the projects initiated by former railway ministers Mamata Banerjee, Dinesh Trivedi and Mukul Roy were mostly to mislead the people.

Saying that the TMC leaders refer to him as a ‘half pant minister’ (an official of lower stature), Chowdhury said the former ‘full pant and full sari ministers’ had announced projects only looking at votes and misled the people. “The status of the projects which those people had announced, vis a vis the status of projects which I had announced; can be found out by anyone through an RTI,” he said at an event where he inaugurated the extended services of the Metro Rail.

Asked about Shahi Imam’s and Anna Hazare’s praises for Mamata, he said, “Chief minister Mamata Banerjee is resorting to Imams and social activists because she has lost faith in people.” Chowdhury said that All India Congress Committee vice president Rahul Gandhi would come to the state to campaign, adding, as directed by Rahul, senior Congress leaders from the state would be in the fray.

The minister’s comments invoked a scathing retort from the minister for urban development Firhad Hakim, who called him ‘totally useless, who did nothing for the state’. “It was during the ministership of Mamata Banerjee that projects like East-West metro, Garia-airport metro project were initiated. Now some useless, half-pant clad ministers have come to Rail Bhavan. Adhir Chowdhury should not board trains like Duronto Express, Uttarkanya Express (introduced by Mamata). The people of Berhampore will never forgive him,” Hakim said at Nabanna.

He also said that Chowdhury has criminal cases against him and he would lose his job once elections were declared. “This man can not bring money from Delhi. He has no access to cabinet meetings. In fact his party has become almost extinct in this state,” Hakim said.

Timing of Metro services extended

KOLKATA: With effect from March 25, metro will ply from 6.45 am to 10.45 pm instead of the present time of 7 am to 9.45 pm, Adhir Chowdury, Union minister of state for railways announced. Talking about the security system of metro rail, he said that a Train Protection and Warning System (TPWS) has been introduced in which train, if it jumps a red signal inadvertently, would stop automatically. The project would cost over Rs 30 cr and will be effective from Dum Dum to Kavi Subhash stations. “Metro will also get some other smaller amenities which had been long due. All the coaches would have a fire extinguisher now. At least five stations would have lifts to carry senior citizens and physically challenged commuters,” he said.

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    Khushminder Sahasi
    Mar 25, 2014 at 8:14 pm
    Why Modi is self destructive dose of BJP? Because he is dictatorial, bossy, arrogantand divissive persanality. He hired media, spin doctors, IT- youngsters to keep high pitch campaign in his non existant development agenda. Let us see if kejarwal or mistry Deny him MP seat both at Vadodara and Varanasi.
  2. T
    Mar 26, 2014 at 11:19 am
    Good luck with your wishes ... I would request you to please have a real name and open up your eyes.
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    Gangu true
    May 3, 2014 at 9:29 am
    we are paid spin doctors, you are wrong. It is we the people who understand the difference between true and false, right and wrong and with common sense. Most of us are also those who have visited rural Gujarat personally.
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    Musarraf P
    Mar 5, 2014 at 12:08 pm
    She is talking to Imams, as she would like to embrace most Peaceful Religion in the World.
  5. N
    Mar 27, 2014 at 9:35 am
    why don't you visit Gujarat yourself?
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    Vinay Kumar
    May 3, 2014 at 5:33 am
    India lost faith on WB which is governed by bogus polling since 1974 on wards.
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