Special Correspondent

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Saturday said that there was no place for opportunistic alliances, urging people in rural Bengal to send this message through their ballots during the Panchayat elections next month.

Addressing a rally at Egra in Purba Medinipur, as part of the campaigning for the ensuing Panchayat polls, he said that the only way the State could progress was with the Left Front which has crystallised after 30 years of consistent efforts. “It was built up bit by bit,” he said.

He said that many parties including the Trinamool Congress and communal forces had joined hands to block the State’s progress. “Tell them what you want during this Panchayat election,” he urged the rally.


Taking a dig at forces opposing industrialisation, he said that just as agriculture was important so was industry. “Look at Haldia… it was once a backward coastal village… today one industry is coming up there every month… it is now your chance to decide which way to go,” he told the huge gathering of people who braved the scorching afternoon sun to congregate there.

Alerting the people against any trouble during the elections here on May 11, he said that the police have been alerted , but people must also stay vigilant.

In an oblique reference to the violence at Nandigram, which is in the same district, Mr. Bhattacharjee said, “we want peace in the State, but we also want progress — in agriculture and in industry.”