A day after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged heads of chambers of commerce to “act” instead of merely speaking and praising the government, leader of the Congress Legislature Party Abdul Mannan said it was time for the CM to practice what she is preaching.
“Her statement itself states that nothing has happened in Bengal in the last five years. That is why she has called for action now,” Mannan said at a press conference at the state Assembly on Wednesday.
“It is exactly what the Opposition had been saying for a long time and it is applicable to the CM’s activities as well. We have had enough of her speeches. Now we want to see some action,” he added.
The Congress leader said Mamata needs to address the law and order situation and the prevailing corruption in the state to attract industry in Bengal. “Songs and drama will not bring in investment. There has to be proper infrastructure and law and order should be well maintained in a state to gain the confidence of a prospective investor. In Bengal there is no infrastructure and investors know that a lot of trouble is created by labour unions and syndicates. Besides the prevailing corruption under the patronisation of the CM is well-known too. After the Narada sting operation, the CM said if she had known about it ahead of the polls she would not have allotted nomination to the tainted TMC members but after the result she inducted them in her cabinet,” he said.
Slamming the Mamata-led government for not taking remedial steps against the ongoing incidents of post-poll violence in the state, Mannan said he, along with CPM MLA Sujan Chakraborty, will go to Basirhat in North-24 Parganas district on Thursday morning to decide their next course of action. “A number of houses of our supporters have been razed and people have been beaten up. If the state administration is unable to contain violence in the state, the Congress and CPM will have to unite and build up a mass movement and mass protest against the state government,” Mannan said.
He reiterated that the under the table arrangement with the BJP was preventing the Trinamool from raising its voice against the unnatural rise in prices of petrol and diesel.
Asked whether the Congress would recommend one of their party MLAs for the post of deputy speaker in the Assembly, Mannan said, “I have already discussed the matter with senior members of the party, including AICC president Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi and general secretary C P Joshi. The Congress and the Left Front will jointly contest for the post. We will nominate someone after discussion with the state Congress president and Left MLAs.”
“The TMC had earlier said on record about the need of a deputy speaker from the Opposition and so now it cannot go back on its words,” he added.