June 27, 2013
Our government has been able to restore peace in Jangalmahal – Mamata Banerjee
Trinamool Chairperson Mamata Banerjee addressed two rallies at Jangalmahal, one at Jamboni and the other at Gopiballavpur, in West Midnapur where she today dared the Maoists to touch her, saying they can't scare her with guns.
“When I was planning to visit Jangalmahal, I was told that Maoists were planning to kill me there,“ Ms. Banerjee told in panchayat election meeting in Gopiballavpur.
“I challenge them to touch me if they have the guts. Tell me when they want to kill me, the place and time and I will be there. They can`t scare me with guns. I have fought the guns of the Left parties in the last 34 years,“ she said.
She reiterated that Maoists who wished to return to normal life were welcome and would be supported by her government. “Many have already surrendered and are leading a normal life,“ she said.
Showcasing her government`s success in bringing peace in the former Maoist-hit area, the Trinamool Chairperson said the days of fear have gone and vowed that they would not be allowed to return. She said that 100 days was provided in the 100-day work guarantee scheme, while 45,000 girl students in Jangalmahal were given cycles by her government.
“Our government has been able to restore peace in Jangalmahal. This was our challenge and commitment after we came to power,“ she told another meeting at Jamboni. “We will never allow terror to return to Jangalmahal,“ she said. “I salute those who fought against them (Maoists) risking their lives. I also salute the jawans in Jangalmahal guarding the people,“ she said.
She recalled that two years ago people in Jamboni and other areas in the district were fearful of stepping outside their home in fear of attacks by Maoists and Left Party cadres. “There was a lot of bloodshed and many people were killed,“ the Trinamool Chairperson said.
She criticized Maoists saying that they did not follow any ideology and killed people keeping their faces hidden.