Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today urged the people to intensify their fight against the hike in petrol prices to make their voices heard in Delhi,but she also clarified that she would not quit the UPA on this issue unless she is asked to leave.
We had committed that we would stay in the alliance for five years. If we come out right now,the government will fall. We do not want a vote now. We will stay,but if you (Congress) ask us to leave,we will leave. We want total rollback of petrol price hike, Mamata said at a programme in Diamond Harbour,South 24-Parganas,this afternoon.
She said she had the courage to hit the streets against the price hike. But she does not want the people to blame her party for an interim poll.
The Chief Minister advised farmers to take advantage of Kishan Credit Card and crop insurance instead of taking the path of suicide. Her comment comes at a time when the CPM has launched a massive campaign again the Trinamool Congress government for failing to stop suicides of debt-ridden farmers.
There is no need to take the path of suicide by taking loan from moneylenders. Take loan through Kishan Credit card. Pay the loan first at 7 per cent interest and get another loan next year. Become self-dependent, she said,adding that the government has taken a number of initiatives for farmers including setting up of cold storages and kishan bazaars at each block.
She also announced that a university and a medical college will be set up in South 24-Parganas. She instructed the district magistrate to find 5 acres of land for the proposed university.
Addressing the rally,Mamata accused the CPM of joining hands with Maoists,BJP and other parties to block development. During the last 34 years,nothing happened in West Bengal. Apart from calling bandhs,they only looted the poor and killed them. No school,college,industry,cold storage was constructed, she said,announcing that Rs 70 crore will be sanctioned for construction of seven schools with classes from I to VII.
A deep-sea port will come up in Sagar and change the socio-economic condition of the district,Mamata said. Locals will find employment,business and commerce will grow.
Claiming that her government had already created 6 lakh jobs in both government and private sectors,Mamata advised the jobless not to lose confidence. Dont get frustrated. Look at me,If I had become frustrated I would not have thrown the CPM out of power after 34 years. I was never scared though there was intimidation and my followers were beaten up and killed. Try for jobs and keep trying, she said.