April 11, 2014
BJP, Congress appeasing religious communities: Trinamool Chairperson at Karandighi
Addressing a rally at Karandighi in North Dinajpur district earlier today, the Chairperson Ms. Mamata Banerjee launched an attack on the BJP for trying to divide the state. She said that people with stain of riots on their hands can never become the Prime Minister. Slamming the Central Government, she said that voting for Congress essentially means voting for the CPI(M). Listing the development initiatives taken by the West Bengal Government in the last three years, she urged people to shower their blessings on Trinamool.
Excerpts from the Chairperson`s speech:
I wish you all Subho Nababarsho in advance. I am thankful to all of you for being present here despite the heat. I request you to vote for us on April 24.
We have intentions to develop this constituency. We have already started much of the work in different parts. We are setting up multi super specialty hospitals in this district. From roads to schools, generation of employment to industries, our Government is working for the people in every sector.
I should tell you, voting for CPI(M) is like voting for destruction. We are against forcible acquisition of land. We cannot acquire land by force for any purpose. BJP creates fear in the minds of the people in the name of religion. BJP creates a division between Hindus and Muslims.
We have already distributed 57 lakh scholarships to students. We have created reservations for the minority students. For the benefit of girl students, we have initiated Kanyashree scheme. We are setting up industrial estates in the State. That will generate employment.
Apart from enforcing anti-people policies and betraying the trust of people, Congress has not done any work. Congress has increased prices of Petrol, Diesel, LPG, fertilizers and introduced FDI. They are selling away the country. BJP and Congress have colluded to sell off the nation. We will not allow any party to divide people on religious lines. We want communal harmony. We will work together with everybody.
Ek bhi vote BJP ko mat dijiye. Ek bhi vote Congress ko diya toh CPI(M) jeet jayega. Vote for joraphool. Vote for peace and progress. BJP will not win even one seat from Bengal. Those who insult Bengal will get a fitting reply from people through ballots.
We are fighting this election on our own. But I have the Ma, Mati, Manush by my side. The youth of the State are with me. We are ready to sacrifice our lives for the people. I will never betray the trust of Ma, Mati, Manush.
Congress-BJP-CPI(M) have started malicious campaigns. We do not want violence. We believe in peace. What was the Centre doing when Left incurred debts? The Centre is taking away all our revenue to stop Bengal’s progress. The Congress is in collusion with CPI(M). We do not any alliances. We have people as our allies.
Despite the financial crunch, we have not stopped any beneficiary scheme. We are always working for the people. We are setting up ITIs in every block, polytechnic colleges in every sub-division. We have set up a Mini Secretariat for North Bengal. An industrial hub is also coming up. What has the Left done in 34 years? We have done more work in two and a half years.
Two industrial hubs are coming up in Raiganj and Islampur. We have set up fair price medicine shops. The focus of our fight is roti, kapda, makan. We love farmers. We vow to fight for people. I will never allow Darjeeling to be separated from Bengal. I will give my life for the unity of the State.
If you love me, if you have even the slightest trust in me, vote for joraphool. Trinamool will emerge as the decisive factor in the next Government formation. People will reject the person with blood of riots on his hands. A divisive person can never become the PM.
I celebrate Durga Puja. I fast during Ramazan. I celebrate Christmas too. I respect all religions. I do not bank on religion to win votes. I work for people irrespective of caste, creed or religion throughout the year. People of Bengal will not tolerate the neglect by the Centre anymore. It is not that we work only before the elections. Remember how many times I came to the district to check developmental works? It is our nature.
I quit Congress when the party became a stooge of the Left. I will never leave the side of the people. Vote for Trinamool. Vote for joraphool.