Domkal (Murshidabad): She might be sure to sweep Janagalmahal after the first phase of elections but Mamata Banerjee did not seem to sound too confident to as she addressed rallies at Congress leader Adhir Chowdhury’s bastion, Murshidabad. The Trinamool chief on Tuesday addressed three rallies at Sagardighi, Domkal and Hariharpara, appealing to the people to give development a chance.

“We couldn’t win the assembly seats in this district. We couldn’t bag a single Lok Sabha seat here. But all these didn’t stop us from developing the district. Now it’s time that you bell the cat. Will you or won’t you, if somebody throws crumbs at you ahead of the polls?” Mamata said at the Gobindapur Polytechnic College ground in Domkal. Hinting at the winds of change at the other Congress bastion of Malda, she said, “I visited Malda and realised people there are bringing in change this time. Will you bring change for the sake of development? Vote for us instead of going with the betrayers, Congress and CPM, who tortured you for long. They did nothing for development here.”
Murshidabad Congress spokesperson Asoke Das took strong exception to Mamata’s comment of “throwing the crumbs at people”. “The CM has insulted the people of Murshidabad. They may be poor but have self- respect. No one can buy them with crumbs.”
The attendance was low as Mamata addressed a rally at Sagardighi, the only seat the Trinamool won in the 2011 polls. “Those who are contesting the polls against money are traitors. The party has severed all relations with them,” said Mamata, listing out development work at Jangipur, Sagardighi and Domkal. Beginning with super facility hospitals and kishan mandis to doling out honorariums to imams and muazzems, she also mentioned schemes, such as Kanyashree, Yubashree and Sabooj Sathi. “It will be a shame if we can’t win from here (Sagardighi),” Mamata said.
Taking a dig at the CPM-Congress tie, the Trinamool chief said those who did not stand a chance to win the polls had started talking about the next Cabinet. “The CPM has lost political grounds and credibility in Bengal. The party is now relegated to two states. In Tripura, they are decaying. In Kerala, we are giving it a slow but steady fight. The Congress has lost everything it has become a parasite, it has Congress became weak because for wrong politics made way for BJP at the Centre.”

[Source:- The Times Of India ]