Mamata vision document gets positive feedback from industry

Eager to shed the anti-industry image after the Singur fiasco, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has sent out a vision document to the industry prior to the West Bengal Assembly polls and the feedback has been positive.

Last Updated: Apr 03, 2011, 14:15 PM IST

Kolkata: Eager to shed the anti-industry
image after the Singur fiasco, Trinamool Congress supremo
Mamata Banerjee has sent out a vision document to the industry
prior to the West Bengal Assembly Elections and the feedback
has been positive.

"Normally manifestos are sent to chambers of commerce,
but under Mamata`s instructions, we have sent our vision
document to several industrialists and to people from other
walks of life," Trinamool Congress vice-president Derek
O`Brien said.

The party, along with its poll manifesto, released the
vision document which contained the party`s policy on sectors
like education, health and infrastructure.

The document, with graphical representations of the
Left Front`s achievements over the years in various spheres,
also gave a timeline of deliverables by the Trinamool Congress
if it was voted to power.

"It is an excellent gesture, but it is tough to
achieve. It shows the desire to involve everybody in the
process," chairman of Nicco group Rajive Kaul said.

Kaul, one among the 500 to receive the document, said, "Mamata has been clarifying her pro-industry image for long.
She had been inviting us at receptions and interacting on
various issues. This shows she is reaching out."

Chairman of Ambuja Realty group Harsh Neotia was more
forthcoming.

"This is probably the first time since Independence
that any political party has sent its vision on such a
personal note," Neotia said.

"We used to see documents on the Internet. But here
there is a personal touch. It is an ambitious document," he
said.

Others in the industry sent the document included ITC
chairman YC Deveshwar, RPG group vice-chairman Sanjeev Goenka
and Apeejay Group chairman Karan Paul.

All of them have given a positive feedback on
receiving the document, Derek said.

Besides industrialists, filmmakers and actors like
Karan Johar and Aamir Khan were on the party`s all-inclusive
list.

Asked about the reaction of the others belonging to
other streams, Derek said that they were yet to be received.

Earlier, the Trinamool Congress supremo`s first move
was to rope in FICCI secretary general Amit Mitra as a
candidate to contest against state Finance Minister Asim
Dasgupta.

PTI