With Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee leaving for a six-day visit to the UK on Sunday, Left Front Chairman Biman Bose on Friday alleged that the CM had already come up with excuses in case her trip fails to attract investment.
“She has already said that even if the trip was even 30 per cent fruitful, it could be termed as a grand success. The fact is, after her unsuccessful trips to Delhi, Mumbai and even at Haldia back home, she is sceptic about the fate of this tour. Let alone investment coming in, at Haldia, many industrial units had shut down after her visit,” Bose told mediapersons in Kolkata on Friday.
Referring to Mamata’s 2014 Singapore trip, he said: “She had taken a 60-member delegation but I don’t even think if six companies had invested in Bengal following the visit. We will have to wait and watch what happens after the London trip. If the state benefits, we will support such initiatives. But so far, we have only seen deterioration in the commerce and industrial sectors.”
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Asked about the inclusion of a number of television and film personalities in the UK team, Bose said many will become “London-returned” after the tour. “As it is, artists visit foreign countries on several occasions on account of film shoots. For the few who had not been there, it is an opportunity for them,” he added.
Meanwhile, accusing the Mamata Banerjee government of initiating “several anti-people policies” in the state, 17 Left parties on Friday decided to undertake a month-long statewide protest against the government next month.
After a meeting of the 17 Left parties at the CPM state headquarters, Bose said they have decided to support the countrywide strike on September 2 called by Left trade union bodies and a sit-in demonstration on August 17-19.
“The strike will be against the anti-people policies of the Centre. Again against the state misrule, we support the march to Nabanna by Leftist peasants’ organisations on August 10,” he added.
Sources said Left Front has managed to convince a number of Naxal factions like CPIML (Liberation) and Communist Revolutionary League of India (CRLI) to join them in organising movements against both the central and state governments.
Meanwhile, state CPM secretary and Leader of Opposition Surjya Kanta Mishra Friday wrote to Mamata regarding the closure of Durgapur Projects Limited’s coke oven plant, seeking her intervention for reopening the unit. “The coke oven plant has rendered more than 900 contractual workers jobless and also made the future of 1,300 other staff uncertain. The plant was earning profit by selling various byproducts such as hard coke, coal tar and coal gas. It is reported that since 2011, the condition of the plant has deteriorated,” he wrote.