The Trinamool Congress will release its election manifesto on Saturday, party’s chairperson and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday.
“Tomorrow [Saturday], our election manifesto will be released at 4.15 p.m. I will immediately upload it for all of you to see. I want full cooperation from all my brothers and sisters,” she posted on her Facebook page.
Addressing a gathering of party workers at Krishnanagar in the State’s Nadia district later in the day, Ms. Banerjee said that if her party got a significant number of MPs, then the promises made in the manifesto would be implemented at the national level. The Trinamool leader said that she had been true to her promises. “In Bengal since we won maximum seats in the Assembly elections, we are trying to implement our manifesto 100 per cent. We have implemented all the recommendations of the Sachar Committee,” Ms. Banerjee said.
The Communist Party of India (Marxist), the main force pitted against the Trinamool Congress in the State, released its manifesto on Thursday promising a new food security law and regulation on pricing of petroleum products, among other things.
Pointing out that the Lok Sabha elections were going to be held in summer, Ms. Banerjee said on facebook: “I am indeed worried for the common people.”
She referred to the worker’s meetings she addressed in South 24 Parganas, Uttar Dinajpur, Dakhin Dinajpur, Malda and Murshidabad districts of the State. During the day, she held similar meetings in Nadia and North 24 Parganas.
Ms. Banerjee said her party had given ticket to 11 women candidates — about 28 per cent — claiming that it was the highest among the political parties in the country. “Eight of our candidates are either doctors or Ph.Ds, while seven are Muslims,” Ms. Banerjee said.