Pitching once again for an alliance with Congress in the coming Assembly elections in West Bengal, senior CPM leader and former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Thursday said people want such a tie-up to oust the ruling Trinamool Congress.
“Everyone is talking about a tie-up. You need to understand why people are talking about the alliance. The priority at the moment is to get rid of the TMC from here and thus, individuals and political parties should come together for that,” said Bhattacharjee while addressing a party rally in Barrackpore in North-24 Parganas district.
“There can be differences in political ideologies but that should take a backseat at the moment. There is a single-point agenda, which is to defeat TMC,” he added.
This is the second time that the former chief minister has openly spoken in favour of an alliance. The first time was in January in a rally in Singur.
Senior CPM leader Gautam Deb, too, asserted that an alliance with the Congress was imminent. “We will go to Delhi and a decision would be taken there. The Trinamool has to be taught a lesson,” Deb said.
Lashing out at the Mamata Banerjee-led government, Bhattacharjee said the TMC had driven out existing industries from the state and prevented new ones to come. “Two software giants – Infosys and Wipro – had tried to set up their units here, providing employment to at least 10,000 persons. It didn’t happen because of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. When she was the rail minister, she had announced big ambitious projects at Sankrail, Dankuni and Kanchrapara. Foundation stones for all those projects were laid but none of those took off,” Bhattacharjee said.
Alleging that the state has gone backwards in terms of industrialisation in the last four-and-a-half years, the former CM said, “We wanted to bring in heavy industries such as steel, automobiles and petrochemicals, but Mamata says industries of puffed rice and fritters should be set up here. The state is going backwards.”
He said the TMC government has destroyed the health care, education system in Bengal. “Where are the super-speciality hospitals that she claims that the present government has put up? No new colleges and universities have come up. All she is doing is painting the flyovers and structures put up by us, into blue and white,” Bhattacharjee said.
Alleging indifference of the state government towards the plight of closed tea garden workers in North Bengal, the Politburo member said, “Currently, we are witnessing that tea gardens are being shut one after the other leading to starvation deaths almost every day. However, the Chief Minister is more interested in utsavs.”