Even though an increasing number of people were being able to see through the “politics of lies” of an “unruly” party like the Trinamool Congress, which was bent on “creating lawlessness wherever it can,” it was “unfortunate” that some still continued to support it. They must be persuaded against doing so “with patience,” West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said here on Sunday.
“There is an urgent need to alienate a violent and unruly party like the Trinamool Congress from the people just as the need to alienate the Maoists in the three districts (where they have a presence in the southwest of the State) is well on its way to being met,” Mr. Bhattacharjee told a rally at Andal in Bardhaman district.
The Trinamool Congress was against the return of people back home after having being driven out by the Maoists in areas where the latter were active as that ran contrary to its plans of extending influence with the help of the extremists through violence. This was why the party had been demanding the withdrawal of Central forces engaged in joint security operations against the Maoists, he said.
“The Trinamool Congress is trying to create an atmosphere of fear and violence hoping that it will come to power through coercion and threats….Its credo is stop all development: no industry, no agricultural development, no education – all that it wants is violence,” Mr. Bhattacharjee said.
Nothing but lies
As for Trinamool's leader Mamata Banerjee, he said without uttering her name: “All she says is lies, never the truth….Day in and day out, she says the same thing, ‘they want to kill me.' Who are they who want to kill her?”
The Chief Minister also came down strongly on the Centre whose policies “have only suited the rich and made them richer.” “As for the poor it (the Centre) believes in the trickle-down effect….We cannot think of them (the poor) now; so let them just be.”
The Left Front was intent on forging a “new path” of development in the State and “has gone ahead in agriculture, industry and education besides having been instrumental in sweeping changes in the land ownership pattern,” he said.
Stating that it would continue with its policies of generating employment by setting up new industries, increasing agricultural production and opening up more schools and colleges, Mr. Bhattacharjee said that his government was being confronted by an Opposition party “which is dangerous, which understands little but creating trouble….one that engages only in the politics of lies”.