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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mausam throws a spanner to TMC minister's programme


Malda, Dec 21: The tiff between Congress and Trinamool Congress regarding inauguration and laying foundation programmes, took an interesting turn today when to thwart state govt from taking the credit, Congress MP held rallies in the same area. Unlike the previous incidents of showing agitation or black flags, this time the Congress supporters joined the rallies and lost no chance to beat their drums.

It may be recalled that two days back Minister in charge of North Bengal Development Goutam Deb found huge agitation while laying foundation of different projects in the district. Congress supporters showed black flags while leaders claimed that state govt was taking credit for the works sanctioned under central govt’s BRGF scheme. The MLAs and MP fumed over not being invited in the programmes.

Today Minister in Charge for Irrigation Rajib Bandyopadhyay was to inaugurate the construction of embankment road at Debipur. 18 km road from Dewangunj to Manipur at the cost of 10.90 crore was to be made. MP of North Malda Mousam Noor was not invited there.

But Noor arranged alternative public meetings on the same day. She alleged, “The project of the embankment was the fruit of our constant endeavour. It is the Union Minister of Water Resource who sanctioned the road on the persuasion of myself, MP Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury (Dalu) and former Irrigation Minister Manas Bhuinya."

"The fund was allotted under BRGF scheme. But violating the norms of BRGF I was not invited in the programme. Even the local Panchayet Chiefs were avoided. TMC was eager to take the entire credit. On demand of the local people we had arranged three different gatherings here to reveal truth to them”. Huge gathering in the rallies buoyed Noor to tell, “Let the TMC ministers know they cannot deter me from visiting my constituency. We are not eager to sit on the stage and inaugurating projects. Rather keeping the panchayet in dark might pose the problem in future while evacuating people for making embankment," she said.

However, Krishnendu Choudhury, Minister in Charge of Tourism, who accompanied Bandyopadhyay today, said, “Our govt never indulges making politics over development. Some individual ego might have hurt but we are not bothered about it.”           

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