Cong hails Mamata for initiating steps to develop Junglemahal

Congress welcomed the developmental steps being taken by Mamata Banerjee in the Junglemahal area in West Bengal.

Kolkata: Congress, an ally of the Trinamool Congress-led West Bengal government, on Thursday welcomed the developmental steps being taken by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the Junglemahal area.

"We welcome the steps being taken by the chief minister to improve the economic condition in junglemahal, which was neglected over the years," WBPCC chief Pradip Bhattacharjee told reporters here.

He said the Centre is also assisting the state government by providing funds for various schemes in Junglemahal.

Bhattacharjee said WBPCC would send a team in the area to explain the central schemes available to the people.

However, Left Front questioned the sincerity of the commitments made by Banerjee in the Junglemahal.

"She is going to the Darjeeling hills. She is also going to Junglemahal and making commitments to the people. But the record of her government`s performance in the past 14 months show that many of the commitments made will not be fulfilled," state Forward Bloc general secretary Ashok Ghosh told reporters here.

Meanwhile in a message to Maoists, Banerjee - who has promised government jobs to surrendered ultras, said, "History shows rule of gun does not bring peace."

"Peace is earned through sincerity, devotion and commitment toward development," Banerjee, who was the first CM to visit Belpahari in West Midnapore district yesterday in four decades, said on her Facebook page.

"For a long time, Belpahari and surrounding areas used to be ruled by guns. But now transformation has taken place. Peace and development are doing wonders," she said.