Kolkata: Continuing to target Trinamool
Congress chief Mamata Banerjee`s performance as a Railway
Minister, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee
on Sunday said her ministry was being run in a whimsical manner
with no funds for implementation of its projects.
"There is a talk of freight corridor. But nothing has
come up in the past two years. There is no planning in the
railways but only advertisements," Bhattacharjee said, without
naming Banerjee, while addressing a campaign meeting at
Bapujinagar in his Jadavpur Assembly constituency from where
he is seeking re-election.
"No new lines have been laid. Nothing has happened. It
seems that only function of the railway now is to name the
stations. Can the railways run this way?" he said claiming
that the proposed rail coach factory at Kanchrapara and EMD
loco factory at Dankuni near Singur would not be implemented
as there was no funds for them.
The state`s main opposition party Trinamool Congress
has made Mamata Banerjee`s performance as Railway Minister one
of the major polls issues for the upcoming Assembly Elections.
After becoming Railway Minister in May 2009, Mamata
Banerjee has given Bengal several new trains. She has also
laid foundation stones for 16 factories in the state including
an EMD Loco Factory at Dankuni near Singur, a rail coach
factory at Kanchrapara and a wagon component factory at
Jellingham near Nandigram.
Banerjee said these factories hold promises of jobs
for many in the state. But Bhattacherjee, who has dismissed
Mamata`s promises for jobs, had said earlier, "So many
foundation stones have been laid. It will take considerable
time to remove them. There will never be a factory."
During a recent talk with Bengali TV channel, Banerjee
without naming Bhattacharjee has dared him for a face-to-face
debate on the performance of the Railways.
The first phase of the six-phase poll in the state is
scheduled to begin on April 18.