Only a matter of time before Trinamool is declared winner in Balurghat: Abhishek Banerjee at Kushmandi

Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee addressed a public meeting at Harahar Ground in Kushmandi, which is in the Balurghat Lok Sabha constituency.

Highlights of his speech:

Seeing the enthusiasm here today, I can safety tell my leader Mamata Banerjee that the people of Balurghat are all for Trinamool Congress.

Arpita Ghosh is standing from here for the second consecutive time. Hope you all will support her and elect her.

I can see many cameras here. I challenge everyone to prove me wrong in anything that I say here today. I speak solely on the basis of facts, and don’t try to confuse people unlike some people.

Elections are happening in two constituencies in Bangla today, and I have credible information that the manner in which the people are voting, Trinamool Congress will win both the seats.

Hence out of the 42 seats, we have already won got two seats. Therefore, we need to win 40 out of 40 now.

I can say with conviction Arpita Ghosh will win by two lakh votes.

This seat, and the election in general this time, is very crucial. This fight is between our Agnikanya Didi and the communal Modi.

The BJP has scared other leaders into keeping quiet, but they couldn’t do that to Mamata Banerjee.

Nothing that Modi had promised – ‘achhe din’, two crore jobs per year, roads, engineering colleges, etc. – has come true.

In the name of ‘achhe din’, he brought about ‘notebandi’ for the people, along with all the related desperation, while he himself toured foreign countries in luxury.  

He had said ‘sabka saath sabka vikas’ and what did he do instead? Price cooking gas cylinders at more than Rs 900 a kg and build a seven-star party office in Delhi.

Two months back the price of cooking gas was Rs 977 per cylinder. Then there was a sudden climbdown. The reason was the BJP’s massive loss in five State elections.

Similarly, the prices of atta, kerosene, petrol and diesel, and rates of GST, came down.

Therefore, it has been proved that the more you defeat the BJP, the more the prices of everything will decrease.

The BJP is trying to buy out the people of Bangla, but Bangla will never allow that, whatever happens in other States.

For us, religion is personal, for practicing in our homes, and not for achieving political ends.

However, for elected representatives, there is only one religion – humanism – and their duty is to ensure that the fruits of development reach every corner of their constituency.

Trinamool Congress has nothing to learn from a party which has done nothing for the people. We have always believed in serving the people.

All of you wanted money to be spent for the development of Balurghat, and what did you see instead? Rs 3,000 crore spent on a statue, and a pittance in comparison for Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, which is for the development of girls.

Therefore the intention of Modi is only to show-off, and not to serve the people.

Modi believes in ‘Jai Shri Ram’, but only for his own ends.

The way Trinamool Congress works for the people, no party does.

Modi called himself a simple chaiwallah, but he was never a real chaiwallah, nobody had seen him selling tea; on the other hand, our Mamata Banerjee has always led a simple life – governing the 10 crore people of the State from the same humble house where she had always lived in.

During the massive floods in the State, Mamata Banerjee had visited areas in knee-deep water to know first-hand and feel for herself the miseries of the people.

With due respect to the other chief ministers of Bangla, none of them ever did this kind of work, or had this kind of involvement in the welfare of their people.

Mamata Banerjee has come to Balurghat again and again and every time, brought with her bouquets of development for the people.

People stood in long queues during demonetisation, hoping things will improve. But they are in same state, still living in poverty.

Therefore choose wisely and vote for the party which has brought development for you.  

The Centre has again and again backed out of providing any help to Bangla. The changing of the name of the State to ‘Bangla’’ has not been passed in two years.

Despite the State Government providing 40 per cent of the funds, the Centre wanted the name of the scheme to be ‘Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana’. We just wanted what was just, that the scheme be named ‘Bangla Gram Sadak Yojana’.

The BJP leaders have never cared for Bangla. They are lecturing here, giving speeches about their so-called concern for yet, yet leave alone everything else, they can’t even read a single word of Bengali.

Farmer suicides have spread across the country; 150 people have been killed while just standing in queues.

As a result of GST, many small businesses were closed, and they were owned by people of all religions, including Hindus. So is this the way you work for the welfare of Hindus, as you proudly boast of doing?

After demonetisation, black money and terrorism, which were supposed to have stopped, have only increased. An example is the Pulwama blast, where 350kg of RDX was used.

The BJP keeps note of who what eats in their homes yet was not aware of how so much explosive was smuggled into the country to cause the blast in Pulwama.

You say you work for the jawans of our country. Yet look at their State. You all know how, a few months back, a video went viral of a BSF jawan complaining about the pathetic quality of his daily food. And what was the done for him? He was sacked from his job. All of you know that the same jawan has stood against Narendra Modi in Varanasi.

I challenge Modi take action against me if I have told a lie.

I don’t stab in the back; I say whatever I have to say on the face.

Over the last five years, Arpita Ghosh has come here again and again to know about your problem, and has raised your demands in Parliament. She has come here repeatedly despite the long distance from her home.

Therefore vote for her once more this time, and be assured that there will be double the development of the last five years in the next five.

There has been development in every field, in every sector, for every person.

The prime minister had promised for everyone Rs 15 lakh, but none of you can say that you have received that amount. What did you get in its stead? Waves of development, in the form of schemes like Kanyashree, Yuvashree, Rupashree, rice at Rs 2 per kg and so many others. Mamata Banerjee always delivers on her promises.

After May 23, a new government will be formed at the Centre, and rest assured that the prices of fuels and cooking gas, and GST rates will all come down.

People like Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya were allowed to loot the people’s money and escape from the country. On the other hand, Mamata Banerjee ensured that Sudipta Sen was caught, even from a far corner of Kashmir, and brought to justice.

The Centre has imposed GST on biscuits that we eat everyday at a rate of 18 per cent while on gold biscuits that only the super-rich buy, at 3 per cent. This is the real face of Modi.

Practising real Hinduism is not about teaching divisiveness, but about having confidence in its values, including that of inculcating respect for other religions.

Mamata Banerjee has done for people of all religions much more than Modi has done, even for those in BJP-ruled States.

There has been a huge improvement in the conducting of the Gangasagar Mela, and improvement in many other ways, like the creation of the Tarakeswar Develeopment Authority, construction of the international-standard Dakshineswar Skywalk, and the planning for a skywalk in Kalighat.

Modi has done a scam of Rs 3,000 crore in the name of cleaning the Ganga – Namami Gange is the name.

Yesterday, the Pakistan prime minister said Pakistan prefers Modi. And Pakistan is our enemy. The Pakistan prime minister, the ISI, Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi – our enemies – all want Modi.

The BJP has sent greetings not even once on the occasion of Durga Puja, the biggest festival in the lives of Bengalis.

We give ‘imam bhata’ (stipend for imams) and ‘moazzem bhata’ (stipend for moazzems) taking from the Waqf board, as per the directions of the Supreme Court, and not from the tax you pay us.

Your money we spend on the various development schemes that have brought so much change on your lives.

Last year, our government had decided to give Rs 10,000 each to 28,000 Durga Puja committees in the State. Instead of supporting this decision, the BJP, CPI(M) and Congress went to court the next day, calling the move Hindu appeasement. This is the kind of care and concern they have for the people of the State.

By calling themselves Ram bhakts, the BJP people are actually insulting Ram. The real Ram did a lot of sacrifice, including spending 14 years in exile.

You be happy with your Ram, but we have our Durga, with whom stands the people of the entire country, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. You are on your way to being chased away by our Durga.

The BJP will realise May 23 what the Trinamool is really capable of.

Vote for Trinamool Congress, vote for Arpita Ghosh, and you will see a lot more development here in the coming days. Defeat every other party.

Netaji had once said – give me blood and I will give you freedom; now Mamata Banerjee has given the call for Bangla – give me 42 out of 42 Lok Sabha seats, and I’ll give you a progressive and secular government at the Centre

Jai Hind. Namaskar.



Bengal Govt encouraging aromatic rice cultivation

The Trinamool Congress Government has, over the last few years, done a lot for increasing the cultivation of aromatic rice varieties, which have a high demand inside the State and in other parts of the country, as well as outside the country. Exports have seen a steady rise.

Another effort taken by the Government is the decision to distributed seeds of aromatic rice for free. They are being distributed by North Bengal Krishi Viswavidyalaya.

As of now three varieties have distributed – tulaipanji, kataribhog and kalonunia.

Seeds of tulaipanji are being distributed in Hemtabad, Raiganj, Kaliaganj and Itahar in Uttar Dinajpur district, in Balurghat and Kushmandi in Dakshin Dinajpur, and in Malda district. Kataribhog is being distributed in the district of Malda and in Kumarganj, Tapan, Hili and Balurghat in Dakshin Dinajpur, while kalonunia is being distributed in Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar and Alipurduar districts.

Source: Millennium Post

Bengal Govt to launch new helicopter and plane services soon

The Bengal Government is soon going to launch helicopter and plane services across the state.

The new helicopter services will cover routes from Kolkata to Malda, Balurghat, Digha and Sagar Island for tourists every Sunday,Wednesday and Saturday. The services will however be suspended if government functions are scheduled on those days.

The tickets for Digha and Sagar Island have been priced at Rs 2,000 per person, for Malda at Rs 2,500 per person and for Balurghat at Rs 3,000 per person.

These announcements were made by the Transport Minister while replying to debates during the presentation of the budget for his Department. He also said that helicopter services would start from Kolkata to Santiniketan and Purulia.

Plane services would be introduced from Cooch Behar Airport. A double-engined nine-seater aircraft would be engaged for the purpose. The airports in Malda, Balurghat and Purulia would also be rebuilt/renovated.


কপ্টার , বিমান ভাড়া করছে রাজ্য সরকার

রাজ্য সরকার আরও একটি হেলিকপ্টার ভাড়া নিচ্ছে৷ কলকাতা-কোচবিহার রুটের জন্য ভাড়া নেওয়া হচ্ছে একটি বিমানও৷

পরিবহণমন্ত্রী পরিবহণ দপ্তরের ব্যায়বরাদ্দ নিয়ে বিতর্কের জবাবি ভাষণে বলেন, শীঘ্রই এই দুই পরিষেবা চালু হবে৷

বুধ, শনি ও রবিবার এই কপ্টার কলকাতা থেকে মালদহ, বালুরঘাট, দিঘা ও সাগরে পর্যটকদের নিয়ে যাওয়ার কাজে ব্যবহার করা হবে৷ তবে কোনও সরকারি কর্মসূচী থাকলে সেই পরিষেবা বন্ধ থাকবে৷

দিঘা ও সাগরে যাওয়া বা আসার জন্য মাথাপিছু ২ হাজার টাকা ভাড়া ধরা হয়েছে, মালদহ আড়াই হাজার টাকা, বালুরঘাটের ভাড়া তিন হাজার টাকা৷

পরিবহণমন্ত্রী বলেন, ‘কলকাতা থেকে পুরুলিয়া, শান্তিনিকেতনের মধ্যে হেলিকপ্টার পরিষেবা চালু করা হবে৷ এ ছাড়া কোচবিহার বিমানবন্দর চালু রাখতে ৯ আসন বিশিষ্ট ডবল ইঞ্জিনের বিমান চালানো হবে৷ টেন্ডার প্রক্রিয়া শেষ৷ মালদহ, বালুরঘাট এবং পুরুলিয়ার বিমানবন্দরগুলির পুনরুজ্জীবনের কাজ চলছে৷’

Bengal Govt speeds up process for setting up regional airports

The State Government has expedited the process of developing airports in Malda, Purulia and Balurghat. The State Public Works Department (PWD) is carrying out the developmental work.

It is learnt that a completely new airport in Malda, on the existing one spread across 114 acres of land, will come up at a projected cost of Rs 13 crore. Among other infrastructural facilities, an administrative building and an all-new air traffic control (ATC) will be set up. The development of the other regional airports will cost a similar amount.

This step has been taken after an expert organisation prepared the detailed project report (DPR) as per the set guidelines of the Airports Authority of India (AAI).

Following Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s plans, the Bengal Government is taking concrete steps to ensure inter-district air connectivity across the state. This includes a network of helipads as well, of which 26 have been set up. Recently, a decision was taken to construct a helipad in the newly set up district of Jhargram.

আঞ্চলিক বিমানব্যবস্থাকে উন্নত করছে রাজ্য সরকার

মালদা, পুরুলিয়া ও বালুরঘাটের বিমানবন্দর তৈরীর কাজকে আরও ত্বরান্বিত করছে রাজ্য সরকার। এই বিমানবন্দরগুলি তৈরীর কাজ করছে রাজ্য পূর্ত দপ্তর।

১৩ কোটি টাকা খরচে ১১৪ একর জমির ওপর তৈরি হতে চলেছে মালদা বিমানবন্দর। অন্যান্য পরিকাঠামোগত সুবিধার পাশাপাশি একটি প্রশাসনিক ভবন ও একটি এয়ার ট্রাফিক কন্ট্রোলও তৈরী হবে। এয়ারপোর্ট অথারিটি অফ ইন্ডিয়ার একটি বিশেষজ্ঞ সংস্থা ডিপিআর তৈরী করার পরেই এই কাজ শুরু হয়।

মুখ্যমন্ত্রীর নির্দেশে রাজ্য সরকার আঞ্চলিক বিমানব্যবস্থা উন্নত করতে উদ্যোগী হয়েছে। রাজ্যজুড়ে জেলায় জেলায় তৈরী হচ্ছে হেলিপ্যাড; ২৬ টি ইতিমধ্যেই তৈরী হয়ে গেছে। নবনির্মিত জেলা ঝাড়গ্রামেও একটি হেলিপ্যাড তৈরীর সিদ্ধান্ত নিয়েছে রাজ্য সরকার।

Source: Millennium Post

Seven more youth hostels coming up by March 2018

The Bengal Government’s Youth Services and Sports Department has set a target of building seven new youth hostels by March 2018. In each of the youth hostels, there will be accommodation for at least 100 people.

Two youth hostels in Jalpaiguri (in Metali) and Bishnupur are ready to become operational. One each is coming up in the Ayodhya Hills and the Jaichandi Hills in Purulia district. The four others are coming up in Cooch Behar, Nabadwip, Malda and Durgapur.

Regarding the ones in the Ayodhya and the Jaichandi Hills, it may be mentioned that the footfalls of visitors in these places have gone up as a result of the steps taken by the Trinamool Congress Government to improve the basic infrastructure of Purulia district. Moreover, the number of youths visiting the place for trekking and adventure sports has also gone up. As a result, the demand for better accommodation has also gone up. Plans are already afoot for enabling locals to open homestays.

It may be mentioned that at present, a total of 19 youth hostels of the State Government are functional, while the government has a plan to set up a total of 40. The construction of 21 youth hostels, including in Balurghat, Jayanti and Gajoldoba, has also begun.

With the setting up of the youth hostels, young single travellers will no longer face problems in getting quality accommodation when they visit any part of the state for excursion or activities like trekking and adventure sports.

২০১৮ সালের মার্চ মাসের মধ্যে রাজ্যে আরও নতুন ৭টি যুব হোস্টেল

২০১৮ সালের মার্চ মাসের মধ্যে আরও ৭টি যুব হোস্টেল নির্মাণ করার সিদ্ধান্ত নিয়েছে রাজ্য যুব কল্যাণ ও ক্রীড়া দপ্তর। প্রতিটি হোস্টেলে অন্তত ১০০ জন থাকতে পারবে।

জলপাইগুড়ির মেটেলিতে ও বিষ্ণুপুরের দুটি যুব হাসপাতাল তৈরী হয়ে গেছে। পুরুলিয়া জেলার অযোধ্যা পাহাড়ে ও জয়চন্ডী পাহাড়ে দুটি হোস্টেল তৈরী হচ্ছে। বাকি ৪টি হোস্টেল তৈরী হবে কোচবিহার, নবদ্বীপ, মালদা ও দুর্গাপুরে।

তৃণমূল সরকার পুরুলিয়া জেলার যে অভূতপূর্ব উন্নয়ন করেছে, তার ফলে এই অঞ্চলে এখন পর্যটকদের সংখ্যা বেড়ে চলেছে। এছাড়া এই অঞ্চলে ট্রেকিং ও অ্যাডভেঞ্চার স্পোর্টসের জন্য কমবয়সী যুবাদের আনাগোনা লেগেই আছে। এর ফলে ওখানে থাকার ভালো জায়গায় চাহিদা বেড়েছে। ওখানে হোম-স্টের ব্যবস্থাও করা হচ্ছে।

এই মুহূর্তে রাজ্যে ১৯টি যুব হোস্টেল আছে। রাজ্য সরকার এই সংখ্যা বাড়িয়ে ৪০ করতে চায়। বাকি ২১টি হোস্টেলের মধ্যে বালুরঘাট, জয়ন্তী, গাজলডোবা যুব হোস্টেলের নির্মাণ কাজ শুরু হয়ে গেছে।

এই যুব হোস্টেলগুলি তৈরী হলে, যেসকল পর্যটক একা ওইসব অঞ্চলে যাবে, তাদের ভালো থাকার জায়গা খুঁজতে অসুবিধায় পড়তে হবে না।
Source: Millennium Post

New airports planned in Malda and Balurghat

The Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal Government has been very successful in her efforts to improve air connectivity, both within the State as well as between the State and other States and countries.

The State government has now planned to renovate the airports in Malda and Balurghat to further improve the connectivity of North Bengal. For this purpose, the State Transport Department has sent a proposal to the Airports Authority of India (AAI), which is expected to be approved soon.

The State Public Works Department (PWD) would oversee the work of building the two airports; tenders have already been called.

After Cooch Behar, the renovation of these two airports in Malda and Balurghat would further enhance travel opportunities, both for business and leisure activities.


মালদা ও বালুরঘাটে নতুন বিমানবন্দর তৈরির পরিকল্পনা

মালদা ও বালুরঘাটে বিমানবন্দর পুনর্নির্মাণের সিদ্ধান্ত নিচ্ছে রাজ্য সরকার। এর ফলে উত্তরবঙ্গের সঙ্গে যোগাযোগ ব্যবস্থা আরও উন্নত হবে।

বিমানবন্দরের পরিকাঠামো গড়ে তোলার জন্য এয়ারপোর্ট অথরিটি অফ ইন্ডিয়ার কাছ থেকে জমি নিচ্ছে রাজ্য সরকার। বৃহস্পতিবার রাজ্য মন্ত্রী সভার বৈঠকে এই সিদ্ধান্ত হয়েছে।

বালুরঘাটে ১৩২ একর জমি এবং মালদায় ১১৪ একর জমির ওপর তৈরি হবে এই পরিকাঠামো।

PWD এই এয়ারপোর্টের পরিকাঠামোগত উনুয়নের মাধ্যমে এর পুনর্নির্মাণ করবে।

কোচবিহারের পর মালদা ও বালুরঘাট বিমানবন্দর চালু হলে ভ্রমণ, ব্যবসা বাণিজ্য সবক্ষেত্রেই যোগাযোগ আরও সম্প্রসারিত হবে।

Bengal number one in 100 Days’ Work : WB CM at Mati Tirtha, Bardhaman

The State government organised the first leg of “Mati Tirtha Krishi Katha”, in Bardhaman. The conference will continue for three days and the second leg in Balurghat. The conference is indented to inform the farmers of the latest developments in agriculture and also how to avail easy agricultural loans.

The current government is giving agriculture top priority and such conferences are being held to reach out to farmers.

WB CM Ms Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the conference at Bardhaman and she spoke to farmers and take questions from them.

The state government will also deploy agricultural experts to advice farmers regarding preventive measures to be adopted to prevent fungus infection of several agricultural crops.

It may be recalled that the state government has already provided Rs 4.70 crore for the development of agriculture in several districts.

Highlights of WB CM speech:

  • We thank the United Nations for sending a representative for the inauguration of Mati Tirtha.
  • UN has declared 2015 as the International Year of Soils.
  • Bengal has been celebrating Mati Utsav for the last three years at Panagarh.
  • We have set up a Mati Tirtha at the Agricultural University in Bardhaman.
  • The Mati Tirtha will advise farmers in increasing efficiency of agriculture and improving productivity. The Mati Tirtha will help people associated with soil 365 days in a year, not just during 7 days of Mati Utsav.
  • We must ensure farmers are able to easily sell their products in urban areas, not just rural areas.
  • Mati (soil) is our janmabhoomi, karmabhoomi.
  • We have inaugurated 429 roads today. The project cost Rs 1151 crore
  • In the past we initiated the process of building 60000 km of roads in rural areas.
  • Centre is not giving us any funds. Instead they are taking away all our revenues. We are paying for sins committed by others.
  • We want answers from the Centre. We will go to Delhi if necessary. Bengal must get its dues.
  • They have no base in Bengal. They only appear on TV studios. They have no idea about running government.
  • I welcome criticism. But some people are indulging in smear campaign. UPA neglected Bengal. BJP is crossing all limits.
  • Why did our predecessors not think of Krishak Bazars, Mati Tirtha? Why did they not set up schools, hospitals?
  • We have given Kisan Credit Cards to 35 lakh people. We gave land pattas to 2.5 lakh people.
  • We will also set up Mati Tirtha at north Bengal.
  • Post independence, only 34 colleges were set up in Bengal till 2011. In 3 years we set up 31 colleges.
  • Only 2 universities were set up in Bengal during CPM rule. We set up 7 government and 5 private universities in 3 years.
  • AIIMS is being set up at Kalyani. IIIT is coming up in Kalyani.
  • We had set up a target of 50,000 ponds for 5 years. We have already created more than 1 lakh ponds in 3 years.
  • Bengal is No. 1 in 100 Days’ Work Scheme. That is why Centre has stopped giving us funds.
  • BJP Govt slashed funds for 100 Days’ Work. Prices of fertilizers have been increased. Funds for PMGSY have been blocked.
  • Centre abolished the Planning Commission. We oppose that. Netaji conceptualised the Planning Commission. We will not accept this.
  • We increased our revenues. But the Centre is taking away our taxes.
  • We want federal structure to be strengthened. States must have power of taxation.
  • Food grain procurement in Bengal has crossed 1.74 lakh metric tonnes.
  • We are giving away benefits of various schemes to 25000 people today.