WB CM slams Centre for not releasing funds for Bengal

Mamata Banerjee once again slammed the Central government for not releasing funds for 37 schemes which was creating much hardship for the Bengal government and at the same time asked officials to complete all projects within three months.

WB CM was speaking to the media after a meeting with the senior bureaucrats at Town Hall and thanked them for their service to make the recent festival a major success.

She asked officials to go for an overdrive for completion of the projects for which the foundation stones had been laid. She warned if the declared projects were not started it should be started immediately.

The Chief Minister had slammed the Centre’s decision to withdraw funding for projects like ICDS, SSA, BRGF.

The CM said that the state government was performing better than the Centre and hit out at the Centre for not releasing any funds for the flood affected districts of Bengal.

No political gain can be achieved by disturbances: WB CM

Condemning incidents of encroaching on freedom of individuals, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said no political gain can be achieved by creating instability and such elements don’t want development of the country.

“What a person should eat or what he should wear, what he should sing … are all matters of his freedom, independent choice. Everyone in this country has the equal right to profess things of his choice,” the Trinamool Congress Chairperson told reporters at the city airport in Kolkata.

Replying to queries on alleged incidents of creating disturbance and encroaching on individual freedom, Banerjee said she condemned them. The concept of ‘Bharat’ remained within unity in diversity and that was the country’s core strength, she said.

Asserting that West Bengal always stood for unity and amity among all sections of people, the CM said, “If anyone is trying to foment trouble (in the country) that is not the right thing.”

She added, “Had there been the issue of development before them (such elements) they won’t have resorted to such tactics.”

Trinamool forms seven-member committee for poll-related logistics

Trinamool Chairperson Mamata Banerjee handed over the reins of all key pre-poll logistics to a collective team, which will steer the party towards the 2016 assembly elections. Trinamool Congress will have a seven-member committee to do it.

The Trinamool Congress Chairperson announced that all poll-related logistics will now be supervised by Yrinamool All India General Secretary Subrata Bakshi, Secretary-general Partha Chatterjee, senior leaders Subhendu Adhikari , Aroop Biswas and Firhad Hakim, South 24 Parganas District head Sovan Chatterjee Sovan Chatterjee and Trinamool Youth Congress President Abhishek Banerjee.

The party All India General Secretary said, “According to the EC directive, registration of new voters and deletion inclusion of new voters will take place within this three-month window in September-December. It is imperative that the work starts at the Block level. The various forms have been provided for additions, deletion of names and change of addresses. For any bulk deletion or anomalies of voters it should be immediately brought to our notice. We will take it up with EC.” he explained the rationale, “It to be seen that not a single person who had voted for Mamata Banerjee – and Trinamool Congress — is omitted out of the final rolls.”

Trinamool South 24 Parganas District head Sovan Chatterjee said, “The Chairperson had pointed out to me several times in the run-up to the KMC polls of mass deletion of voters. We too came across several people who said they had to return from the polling booth after their names got deleted from the electoral rolls. This can’t be allowed. If the problems are pointed out to us in time, we will fight out the cases with the EC. But once the deadline is over, nothing can be done. So the exercise has to be down with due diligence.”

The meeting at Nazrul Mancha was attended by MPs, MLAs, Ministers, zilla sabhadhipatis and block and district presidents.

We have to work together as a family: Mamata Banerjee

Trinamool Chairperson Ms Mamata Banerjee today addressed a meeting of elected representatives of the party including MPs, MLAs, Ministers, Zilla Sabhadhipatis and block and district presidents.

She gave directions to the party workers for the upcoming Assembly elections and urged everyone to go about the work of voters’ list updation very seriously.

“Block committees must work actively. MPs and MLAs must work in coordination with them,” she said.

Saying that Trinamool was not formed in a day, she added, “We were born out of struggle and people’s movements. During CPM rule, administration had to work as per the diktat of the party.”

“Freeing Bengal from CPM rule was our challenge. Rebuilding Bengal is now our challenge”, commented the Chairperson as she stressed that Congress, CPM and BJP have become one.

Speaking on the occasion, All India General Secretary of the party, Subrata Bakshi and South 24 Parganas District President Sovan Chatterjee gave instructions to those present regarding helping people during electoral roll revision.

Leader of the party in Lok Sabha, Sudip Bandyopadhyay said, “Trinamool has fulfilled all the promises we made in our Manifesto in 2011. We must highlight our achievements. We must dedicate ourselves to the party.”

Trinamool supports OROP demand by ex-servicemen

Ex-servicemen, who are on a relay hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi for the implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP), today reached out to West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress Chairperson Ms Mamata Banerjee.

They handed over a letter written to Mamata Banerjee, seeking her support for their cause.

Leader of AITC Parliamentary Party in the Rajya Sabha and Chief National Spokesperson, Derek O’Brien met the protestors on behalf of Mamata Banerjee earlier today. He spent about one hour at Jantar Mantar speaking to the veterans. He lent support to their cause on behalf of Trinamool Congress.

The ex-servicemen were given several assurances in the past, as recently as 2013 and 2014, regarding the implementation of OROP; the assurances have still not been fulfilled.

“This letter will reach Mamata di and she will even consider visiting them when she is next Delhi,” Derek said.

Trinamool will extend all support to the agitation by ex-servicemen and raise the issue both in and outside Parliament.

Mamata Banerjee’s 3 D mantra for success: Dedication, Devotion, Determination

Trinamool Congress Chairperson Ms Mamata Banerjee today addressed the young party activists belonging to Trinamool Chhatra Parishad at a workshop held at Netaji Indoor Stadium, Kolkata.

The Chairperson asked students not to be depressed or upset and follow the 3 D’s for success: Dedication, Devotion, Determination. She said the huge turnout for the workshop today was an inspiration for her.

Class Representatives (CR) owing allegiance to Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad in different colleges across the State took part in this programme to take guidance from the senior leadership of the party.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chairperson was immersed in nostalgia. “I feel proud to say my initiation in politics was with student activism. Our political career started from grassroots,” she said. She urged students to work for the people and always be by their side.

Criticising a section of the media for hyping small incidents, she said people have not forgotten the horrors of CPM rule in Netai, Khejuri, Nandigram or Keshpur. “We have to defeat CPM-BJP-Congress in the Assembly Elections,” she told the TMCP activists.

She made it clear their ideology was supreme in Trinamool. “We withdrew support to the Centre when their policies became anti-people,” she added. She also said that a database of TMCP activists in Bengal would be built.

Speaking of the development in Bengal in the last four years, the Chairperson said her government had set up 13 colleges in the last four years while Left Front set up only two in 34 years. “There were 31 colleges in Bengal till 2011. In four years we have set up 45 new colleges. There were only 1300 medical seats in Bengal till 2011. We have taken the number up to 2700 in just four years,” she added.

She also highlighted the success of Kanyashree while promising that 40 lakh girl students would receive cycles in the coming months. She also took pride in the fact that treatment for cancer, cardiac ailments and Thalassemia is free in the State.

TMC is in, rest all are out: Mamata Banerjee to party councillors

Mamata Banerjee today met the newly elected party councillors, including the outgoing civic body chiefs who won, from across Bengal at Nazrul Mancha to lay down guidelines on how to adhere to a “time-bound” schedule for development activities for the next five years.

Besides the Chairperson, party’s Secretary General Partha Chatterjee, urban development minister Firhad Hakim and the party’s general secretary and MP, Suvendu Adhikari also addressed the gathering.

Trinamool has won 70 of the 91 civic boards in the districts in addition to sweeping the Kolkata Municipal Corporation polls.

A total of 1,425 elected representatives, including the 114 Trinamool councillors in KMC, are expected to participate in today’s session.

Highlights of the Chairperson’s speech:

  • I welcome all the elected representatives who are present here today.
  • People of #Bengal have given a fitting reply to the canards spread by a section of people.
  • We dedicate our victory to the people. This is the beauty of democracy.
  • You have to go to every household in your wards to thank people for their support.
  • We are not here for power. We are just representatives of people.
  • We are here to work for the people. This is our duty. This is our responsibility.
  • Those who perform well must be acknowledged. Those who are committing mistakes must correct their course.
  • We are working for people of all castes, creed, communities.
  • Some people are trying to incite communal tension. It is easy to create rifts. It is not easy to win hearts.
  • Every municipality should organise training camps to make new councillors aware of their duties.
  • I will meet the PM during his State-visit. It is my Constitutional duty which I have to perform.
  • When I was Railway Minister I had initiated several projects for Bengal.
  • When we came to power I said I will develop land maps and land banks. I have done that.
  • We have lost a lot of time because of various elections. We could have done much more.
  • We inherited a huge debt burden. Centre takes away our revenues for no fault of ours.
  • Centre takes taxes from all States and then distributes money to us. They are not doing any favour.
  • Centre has slashed allocations for various schemes like Sarva Siksha Abhiyan & Backward Region Development.
  • They have reduced funds for ICDS. There are no funds for mid-day meal scheme. How will poor students survive.
  • So many people will be out of work if 100 Days’ Work Scheme is curtailed.
  • I will raise all these issues with the Centre.
  • When I don’t meet the PM, media says I am always fighting. When I meet him, they say we have a deal.
  • I am in favour of making the federal structure of India stronger.
  • We are giving rice at Rs 2/kg to the land losers in Singur.
  • We are providing vocational training to Adivasi, tribal students.
  • We have a social responsibility. We are aware of our duties.
  • CPM-Congress-BJP-ABP have formed an alliance.
  • These days anything and everything is presented as news. Facts are not even cross-checked. Lies are spread for TRP.
  • Three districts from Bengal are among the Top 4 districts in India in building toilets.
  • A leader has to take everyone along. Let Opposition continue their slander. We will work for the people.
  • We will celebrate our victory through Rabindra Jayanti function at 4 PM on Saturday in every block.
  • Trinamool Congress is intact. TMC is in. Rest all are out.
  • We gave the slogan ‘Bodla noy, bodol chai’ (We want change not revenge) in 2011.
  • Stay alert. Serve the people in your municipalities. Work for people. Stay well.
  • Young generation must come forward. We have to prepare the new generation.

Women councilors script history in KMC

With 51 women councilors – 44% of its 114 members – Trinamool has created history.

Trinamool had nominated 64 women candidates for the Kolkata Municipal Corporation polls, 15 more than it was mandatory under the state election rules. Fifty one Trinamool nominees won on Tuesday.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted, “Forty-four percent of councilors elected to the new KMC board from Trinamool are women.”

While it remained a general trend among political parties to shift and change candidates based on the ward reservation patterns, Trinamool chose to break ranks by re-nominating seven women candidates in general category seats.

The Opposition is jealous of my work : Mamata Banerjee

Trinamool Chairperson Ms Mamata Banerjee addressed a public meeting in Bhowanipore a little while ago.  During her speech she highlighted the developmental work done by KMC all over Kolkata. She states that this has been possible as the State Government works closely with KMC. She personally monitors all the work.

The Opposition parties are like creeper plants, clinging on to each other; they have no existence of their own. They cannot stand the good work being done by the KMC. She urged them to do clean politics and refrain from slander campaigns.

Highlights of her speech: