Mamata asks panchayat winners to set new model of development

Mamata Banerjee on Monday met Trinamool Congress winners of Zilla Parishads in the recently-held panchayat poll to explain the party`s policies on development.

Last Updated: Aug 26, 2013, 20:51 PM IST

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday met Trinamool Congress winners of Zilla Parishads in the recently-held panchayat poll to explain the party`s policies on development and co-ordination with government agencies to fast-track implementation of various projects.

This was her first meeting with them since her party swept the rural poll.

Panchayats were the bastion of Marxist power in Bengal since 1977 when the Left parties formed government, but in this year`s election they lost ground to the TMC which captured 13 of the 17 zilla parishad boards, won most gram panchayats and seized control of a majority of the 341 panchayat samitis.

Party insiders said that at the closed-door meeting held at the Town Hall here, Mamata urged the newly-elected members to work for transparent, corruption-free zilla parishads.
She called upon them to forge close contact with the rural people and spend money properly on the development.

In an indication that she wanted to make the work of zilla parishads a model of devlopment, she warned the newly-elected members of stern action in case of complaints of corruption, nepotism and infighting.

PTI