Mamata praises Modiís Gujarat

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday lauded the Gujarat model of development, without naming Chief Minister Narendra Modi, but added that she wanted "a more democratic environment" in her state that would accommodate different voices. She also said that politics of bandhs and strikes come in the way of development.

Inaugurating state handicrafts fair, Mamata said that in "Gujarat there is no problem, no politics, all Gujaratis are united as far as work is concerned and in election there's only one party".

"In West Bengal we want more democracy, more rallies and meetings, but bandhs and strikes must not come in the way of development and work," she said.

She complained some people were calling bandhs and strikes only to derail development. She claimed the loss of mandays had come down to just 60,000 last year from 67 lakh in 2010.

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