Trinamool manifesto promises good governance
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Last Updated: Monday, March 21, 2011, 22:21
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Monday released her party's manifesto for the upcoming Assembly polls in West Bengal promising to ensure "good governance" and "impartial administration" replacing the 35-year old "rotten" Left Front rule.

"Over the last 35 years, the state has gone down in every direction. Now the time has arrived for change and time cannot wait. It is better late than never. We stand today at the crossroads of history," Banerjee said while releasing the manifesto shortly after her party reached an agreement to fight the Left Front jointly with the Congress.

"Our mission is to reconstruct Bengal with a positive attitude with creativity and always with a human face," she said.

The manifesto promises ushering in a harmonious relationship between industry and agriculture.

Countering the CPI(M)'s charge that she was anti-industry, Banerjee, who spearheaded the Singur and Nandigram movements to protest against the acquisition of farmland for industries, said, "we will ensure that industry and agriculture smile together with a human face".

To a question, she said a lot of industrialists were waiting to pump in capital for investment if there was a change of government.

The manifesto spoke of creation of a land bank and an employment bank and health for all and houses for all besides providing electricity to every village in West Bengal.

"We are committed to fighting corruption and nepotism of the CPI(M)," Banerjee said adding, "it is a challenging task which we have accepted".

Apparently with an eye on the minority vote bank, the Trinamool manifesto expressed the party's resolve to implement the Sachar Committee recommendations and bring about reforms in the state administration.

The party aimed at forming a secular, progressive and stable government in West Bengal with focus on administrative reforms, industry, agricultural development and adopt pro-people policies, the election manifesto said.

Referring to the Darjeeling problem where the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha is agitating for a separate state, the manifesto promised to ensure peace and improved relations between people living in plains and the hills within 100 days if her party was voted to power.

Referring to the Maoist-infested Junglemahal in West Bengal, the manifesto said, "Trinamool Congress does not believe in torture in the name of joint operations (by CRPF and state police against the Maoists). We want return of peace through development and human efforts".

The poll manifesto also highlights the achievements of Mamata Banerjee as a railway minister.


First Published: Monday, March 21, 2011, 22:21

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