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Space crunch in kolkata Blames Left Front govt for ‘hue and cry’ over land acquisition.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: October 17, 2012 2:16:29 am

Space crunch in kolkata Blames Left Front govt for ‘hue and cry’ over land acquisition.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,who came to power in West Bengal by cashing in on an anti-land acquisition movement,today lamented that not a “single inch” of land could be acquired because of the “hue and cry over land acquisition”.

“Now there is hue and cry when it comes to the question of land acquisition. Not a single inch of land can be acquired for this,” Mamata said at a programme organised by Kolkata Police on Tuesday evening. However,she quickly added that “misuse” (of power by the previous government) was responsible for this situation.

Releasing Kolkata Police’s Durga Puja guide map for 2012 at Town Hall,Mamata said that road space had come down with the increase in population,which had created the need for new roads.

Trying to send a message that there would be trouble if the government starts acquiring land,Mamata said an attempt to create trouble was on even though the government had not done so. “Think what will happen if the government tries to do something. So we will do whatever what can be done within this small periphery,” she said,complaining that there was no planning in the earlier regime to solve the problems of Kolkata. “Change will not come overnight. There should be proper planning,” she added.

Continuing her attack on the media,Mamata said there was much hue and cry over small incidents while the good works of the government never get publicity. “There is an attempt (by the media) to blow some small incidents out of proportion,” she said.

The Chief Minister said the work of the police should be highlighted because they “take up challenges every day” to ensure safety of the people.

“Criticise the police when there is anything wrong. But praise the police when they do something good. Unfortunately,the good work of the police never gets appreciation (from the media).”

Mamata also advised the police to “act tough” when required and show a human face when humanity is required.

“If you make a point with a pen in the middle of white paper,some people will only spot the black point. This is a negative attitude. But I am positive,” she said.

She also asked the police to be extremely alert during the pujas. “Kolkata is a cosmopolitan city where people from so many castes and religions live. Some people try to encourage communal feelings among the people,” she cautioned.

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