Mamata good administrator, but has lost momentum

Mamata Banerjee

Veteran CPI(M) leader Abdur Rezzak Mollah today commended West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for steps taken by her for development of the state, but said that she was unable to retain the momentum.

Pointing to Banerjee's visits to the districts to monitor development which he described as laudable, Mollah said nothing, however, moved after she returned.

The Trinamool Congress, which had made a pre-election pledge that it was against the government acquiring agricultural land had deviated from its policy, he said, participating in the debate for budgetary grants for the Home department in assembly.

He alleged that bargadars and pattadars were being driven out and a nexus with promoters existed, while land disputes were being settled in police stations.

Describing Banerjee as a very good administrator, he however, said that he did not think that peace had returned to junglemahal where simmering tension still prevailed.

Welcoming Banerjee's initiative to create four commissionerates in the state, Mollah said there was lack of infrastructure.

Stating that government had achieved success in recovering illegal arms, he said that the problem would not be resolved if the arms remained with the ruling party.

Mollah suggested that the chief minister lay stress on the success of the 100-day job scheme in rural areas instead of concentrating on monorails and flyovers in urban areas.

The slogan of Ma-Mati-Manush coined by the Trinamool Congress would not be successful if the problems of farmers remained unresolved while efforts should be made to develop agriculture and transport, he said.

Mollah said that the state government's 200-day job, 1,000-day job schemes announced on its first anniversary needed to be monitored.

The CPI(M) leader claimed that the chief minister had realised that there was no alternative to Leftism and therefore was opposed to issues like privatisation of pension.

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