West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee virtually launched her 2016 state assembly poll campaign on Tuesday throwing a challenge to the CPM, BJP and the Congress to come and test the ground of ‘Maa Mati Manush’ in the state.
“The communists have been taken care of in Bengal. It is time for them to wear lipstics and sit quiet. Our target is Delhi now. Tinamool Congress will take the fight to Delhi against the Central government,” said Banerjee while addressing a mammoth martyr’s day rally in Kolkata. The 2016 polls will create a new record in electoral history as Trinamool Congress will sweep the polls, she added.
The CPM had left behind 35 years of rule of “shame,” she said. “It is time for the CPM leaders to wear lipsticks and sit quiet now,” she said and added: “They have enjoyed all the rosgollas for 35 years and had left only the gollas (zeros) for the people. People in Bengal will never pardon them,” she said.
Attacking the BJP government at the Centre without naming it, she said the politics of danga that the rulers in Delhi are indulging in will not go too far. “They are trying to spread the seeds of communalism but they will not be able to divide Bengal on communal lines,” she warned.
She said that West Bengal’s fight is now against discrimination by the Central government, against violation of federal principles and against the Centre’s deprivation of the state’s legitimate economic demands. Attempts were made to throw mud at the Bengal government by raising the issue of corruption (read Sarada scam) but the rulers in Delhi must know that the Trinamool Congress will never bow down to it out of fear. “Red eyes will not fetch anything out of Bengal,” she said.
She went on to ridicule the BJP government without naming it and said the Centre was launching the Swachh Bharat scheme and the awards were being bagged by the West Bengal government. Mamata Banerjee was referring to the UNESCO awards to Nadia (first), Burdwan (second) and Hooghly (third) districts for stopping open defecation practices and introducing the use of toilets.
She also scoffed at Narendra Modi’s pet ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padao’ project saying the Central government has allocated a paltry Rs 100 crore for the project. Rupees fifty crore out of it will go for the government’s advertisement. The rest fifty will be divided to all states. “So, half a paise will reach the states and what will one do with it. Wear a maduli (a metal that one wears for prosperity )?” she aksed. “It is not a Beti Bachao, it is a Beti Hatoa scheme of the centre,” she added.
“In comparison look at our Kanyashree project,” she said. The West Bengal government had allocated Rs 1000 crore for the project to help girl students with stipends and a one-time grant of Rs 25,000. Bengal has already brought 22 lakh girl students under its purview and on August 14, another 200,000 girl students will join the scheme taking the total beneficiary to 2.4 million girl students in just four years.