March 18, 2014
Trinamool Chairperson addresses a workers’ convention in Pailan
Trinamool Chairperson Ms. Mamata Banerjee held a campaign rally in Pailan (Bishnupur), South 24 Parganas earlier today. The rally was held after the Higher Secondary Examination for the scheduled paper of the day ended. The meeting was conducted in a closed enclosure, following the norms of model code of conduct enforced by the Election Commission.
Present at the meeting were Trinamool candidate from Jadavpur Dr Sugata Bose, the candidate for Mathurapur Constituency Chowdhury Mohan Jatua, the candidate for Diamond Harbour Abhishek Banerjee and the candidate for Joynagar Pratima Naskar. Party workers and district leaders of the party were also present at the meeting.
Transcript of the Chairperson`s speech:
I welcome all workers and all the leaders present here today. Today we have with us the candidate from Mathurapur and a loyal party worker CM Jatua. Present here today is Pratima Naskar, our candidate from Joynagar. She has recently resigned from her post as a West Bengal Civil Service Officer. Present here today is our candidate from Jadavpur Dr Sugata Bose. He used to be in Kolkata for at least 200 days a year before becoming a candidate. Now he will be spending 365 days for serving you.
The election will held over two and half months. There is a code of conduct for these elections. We need to follow this strictly. In the past the election process used to get over within 45 days. However despite the improved infrastructure, now the election process takes longer to get over. Elections are being held in phases. I am not criticizing anybody but in some districts, elections are being held in 2-3 phases while there are states where the election process will be completed in a single day. Our time for implementing projects is thus being reduced. Due to the code of conduct, development has been stalled.
We move in a fast pace. We do not want to waste time. It took 34 years to bring about a regime change in Bengal. The previous government did not follow fiscal discipline and took loan after loans. We started the system of fiscal responsibility and budget management. Rs 74,000 Crore has been taken away by the Central Government as repayments for those loans. We are paying for the sins of the previous government. In 2011 at Dumdum, the Prime Minister had promised to help Bengal with debt restructuring. Nothing was done. We had repeatedly gone to Delhi with request of a moratorium but the Central Government did not help us.
This year, we are fighting in all the 42 seats in Bengal apart from other states like Tripura, Jharkhand, Arunachal, Manipur, Assam, UP and even Kerala. CPI(M)-Congress-BJP will fight together. Do not be worried. Just carry out your responsibilities.
I will be leaving for Dinajpur and Malda tomorrow. Then I will be visiting Murshidabad and Nadia to hold workers` meetings. At the end of this month, I will again visit North Bengal. After the Higher Secondary exams end, we will start public campaigns and I will let you know the details.
It is not important that you are aware of the basic facts about our candidates. We have 27% women candidates. We are the only political party to do so. There are 11 women candidates. There are 7 minority candidates and 12 SC/ST candidates.