Mamata attacks media for ‘fabricating’ Binpur turnout

A day after media reported thin crowd at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s public meeting in Binpur on Tuesday,she today slammed the media “for fabricating the facts”.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: March 21, 2013 2:08:28 am

A day after media reported thin crowd at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s public meeting in Binpur on Tuesday,she today slammed the media “for fabricating the facts”.

“I reached the spot (Binpur rally ground) two hours early,and people were not informed about the meeting being rescheduled. That was the reason,many people could not reach the venue on time. But I had seen on my way that thousands of people were reaching the venue later. These sorts of fabrication of facts against us will not help. Those who are engaged in this,should think how their own TRP is going down,” she said pointing out the media at a public meeting in Jhilimili in Bankura district on Wednesday where 4,000-5,000 people had gathered to hear the Chief Minister speak.

On Tuesday,around 2,000 people reached the Binpur public meeting of Mamata. In August last year,the same venue had witnessed around a lakh people as audience for the Chief Minister. However,the last Binpur rally got mired into controversy when a local farmer was arrested and labelled as a Maoist after he posed tough questions to Mamata.

With the panchayat elections all set to take place by next month,the dwindling crowd at Mamata’s rally could be a headache for the Trinamool Congress.

Meanwhile,Mamate today launched attack against the Centre accusing it for not giving financial assistance for a scheme of distributing rice at Rs 2 per kg for the people below poverty line in Junglemahal. “But we will continue the scheme with our own resources. The state government will need Rs 500 crore to run the scheme,” she said.

“They are increasing the prices of petrol and diesel,but when it comes to giving assistance to the poor people,they have stopped giving Rs 2 kg rice for the BPL,” she added.

She also blamed the Centre for her government’s inability to generate jobs for youths. “The state is unable to create five lakh jobs because the Centre is taking huge annual interest on the loans taken by the Left government,” she said.

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