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
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.