Left govt has failed on all fronts: PM

In his first rally in Kolkata with Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said that the Left government in the state had lost credibility on all fronts, and exhorted the people to vote for the Trinamool Congress-Congress alliance in the ongoing assembly elections.

"Time has come for a change in West Bengal as the Left Front government has ruined the state in all spheres ólaw and order, health, education, commerce and industries. Violence is spreading all over the state. At places like Jhargram we had to deploy central forces to maintain law and order," Singh said, addressing a gathering at Dum Dum's Central Jail Ground.

"I promise the first job of the new government will be to restore peace and normalcy. Now you should vote for the alliance candidates to pave the way for a new government,'' he added.

He said on the education front, the state had scored miserably in the past 34 years. "I have worked with economists like Sukhomoy Chakroborty, Amartya Sen etc and I have seen how Bengal had been a pioneer in education. Now the education sector is wallowing in backwardness," Singh said. He said that according to the 2001 Census, the state was placed 18th in literacy rate, but after the 2011 Census, it is placed 20th ó behind Nagaland and Manipur.

Regarding implementation of central schemes like NREGA, the Prime Minister said that West Bengal had cut a sorry figure compared to other states. "While in 2010-2011 a state like Andhra Pradesh gave jobs to 60 lakh people, in the same year, the Bengal government arranged for jobs for 48 lakh people,'' he said.

In her address, Mamata said, "I will request the Prime Minister to bail us out when we come to power as the state has become bankrupt under the Left rule.''

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