Kolkata: Despite massive campaign against
the ruling Left Front, it is confident of making a turnaround
in the Assembly elections and form a record eighth government
in West Bengal, Health Minister Surjya Kanta Mishra said here
"We admit mistakes in implementing some government
policies and in my department. Measures have been taken to
correct them. We are confident about a turnaround despite the
campaign against us," Mishra, who belongs to the CPI(M), told
Describing the Trinamool Congress-Congress alliance as
`reactionary and opportunist` with the backing of vested
interests from home and abroad, Mishra said that despite this
the opposition would fail to capture power.
Speaking about the agriculture, Mishra said that
despite a difficult situation in the sector nationwide, the
state has improved a great deal and surpassed the performance
of many states.
Claiming that the agriculture policy of the Centre was
a `failure`, Mishra said that the UPA-II government was taking
steps at the dictates of the US like the earlier NDA
"The interest of farmers have not been taken care of
by these governments, who are busy in protecting the interest
of the US," he said.
"It is the LF government which achieved success in
land reforms and reached its benefit to farmers," Mishra said
and claimed that they have been a victim of politics in
Nandigram and Singur.
"Land is required for industrialisation, but it should
be acquired through consensus," Mishra said adding that no
land was acquired in Nandigram, while there was consensus in
Singur for acquisition. It was the opposition which misguided
some people in these places," he said.
The minister said that the LF government had been
able to acquire 8,000 acre of land even under this situation
while investments increased from Rs 4,000 crore in 2008 to
15,000 crore in 2010.
Claiming success in the panchayati raj system and
rural development in the state, Mishra blamed the Centre for
delays and lapses.