Buddha predicts `comfortable` Left Front win

Last Updated: Sunday, April 24, 2011 - 20:39

Kolkata: Predicting a comfortable win for the
Left Front in the West Bengal Assembly polls, Chief Minister
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Sunday said the new government would
continue with its policies of industrialisation along with
land distribution and development of agriculture.

"We will get a comfortable majority," the Chief
Minister said at a `Meet-the-Press` programme when asked about
the prospects of the Left Front in the ongoing Assembly polls.

Stating that the new government would continue the
Front`s policies of land distribution and agricultural
development, Bhattacharjee said, "we also want
industrialisation."

He said owing to the initiatives of his government, the
state saw an investment of Rs 15,000 crore, the highest in 20
years. "We want to create more employment opportunities. The
knowledge industries, IT and the manufacturing sector like
steel, plastics and cement are doing well in our state."

Land for new industries would be acquired in accordance
with the land use map. "The acquisition would be done through
consensus by offering remunerative prices and a rehabilitation
package. Also, acquisition of fertile land would be avoided as
much as possible," Bhattacharjee said.

Denying that the government had stopped land acquisition
since the agitation at Singur that stalled the Tata Motors
small car factory, the Chief Minister said that since then,
81,000 acre were acquired for various industrial projects.

Bhattacharjee said the new government would strengthen
the PDS to provide essentials like rice, pulses, edible oil
and sugar at very cheap prices. "We must do it ourselves
even if the Centre does not help."

The new government would also work to ensure peace and
`tranquillity` in the state, he said.

Asked about opposition Trinamool Congress accusation that
the CPI(M) was fomenting violence in the state, he said, "who
is helping those destabilising Darjeeling to demand a separate
state? The Trinamool is helping them. We want to defeat the
Maoists in Junglemahals, but the Trinamool is helping them."

Denying Trinamool Congress claim that the police firing
in Nandigram on July 21, 2003 that left 13 party activists
dead, was ordered by him, the Chief Minister said, "I can tell
you that none of the firings were ordered from the Writers`
Building (the state secretariat)."

To a question, Bhattacharjee said that all elections to
him were `tough` battle, but denied that he was paying extra
attention to his constituency Jadavpur.

"If you see the records of the 2006 Assembly elections,
you will see that I have addressed the same number of meetings
in Jadavpur as I have done this time," he said.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, April 24, 2011 - 20:39

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