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We will emulate Gujarat model in Bengal, says Dilip Ghosh

BJP State President and MP Dilip Ghosh. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Monday said his party would emulate Gujarat’s growth model to develop the State if voted to power. Mr. Ghosh said the Trinamool Congress and the previous Left Front governments have not done enough to create jobs and turned the State into a hub of migrant workers who would have to go to States like Gujarat for work.

“Didimoni [Mamata Banerjee] often says we [BJP] are trying to turn Bengal into Gujarat. I say we will certainly do so and turn it into a developed State. Our men and women won’t have to go there for work. We will ensure employment opportunities are available here,” Mr. Ghosh said.

The BJP leader also said the students from West Bengal, who used to dominate the civil services examination, do not feature in the merit list. He blamed the Left Front government for the decline in the education sector.

“Biman babu (Left Front chairman Biman Bose) and Buddha babu [former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee] have politicised the people in a way that we now produce migrant workers who move to Gujarat for jobs, and not doctors, engineers or professors,” he said.

Mr. Ghosh alleged that attempts are being made to turn “Bengal into Kashmir”. “Every district has turned into bomb manufacturing units. Operatives of al-Queda, Jamaat [Jamaat ul Mujahideen] are setting up their bases here,” he said taking a swipe at the law-and-order.

Responding to Mr. Ghosh’s remarks, the Trinamool leadership reminded the BJP of the “communal violence and atrocities against minorities in Gujarat in 2002”.

“People of Bengal are living in peace and they [BJP] want the State to be Gujarat,” party leader and Urban Developnment Minister Firhad Halim said. In fact, the TMC often takes a swipe at the BJP saying the saffron party is full of ‘outsiders’ who want to turn Bengal into Gujarat.

“Over 2,000 people were killed and encounter deaths of people like Ishrat Jahan have occurred. If Bengal is turned into Gujarat or U.P., then here, too, people will get killed in encounters. We want our State to remain the way it is,” Mr. Hakim said.

The TMC leader also responded to Mr. Ghosh’s assertion that after the Tata Motors small car factory was moved out of Singur, it was set up at Sanand in Gujarat.

“The Tata Nano factory which was set up in Gujarat has closed down, while the MSME sector in West Bengal is making good progress. In Gujarat only a few industrialists are given preference.”

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