Alipurduar: Mukul Roy on Thursday demanded that the Trinamool government publish a white paper on private investments instead of making “long claims”.
Roy, who crossed over from Trinamool to the BJP last November, was speaking at a meeting in Falakata, 40km from here, during a tour of north Bengal ahead of the panchayat elections later this year.
Roy met BJP leaders and party workers of Cooch Behar, Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri. “He spoke about our party’s strategy for the rural polls. He clarified that we have a support base in the tea belt and that supporters of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha are with us. He also gave us specific instructions as how we should start working in our respective areas,” said a party leader from Cooch Behar.
“Trinamool leaders are claiming that they have reopened some gardens and that people living in tea estates are with them. This a just an eyewash ahead of the elections as no permanent solution has been reached, so far as these gardens are concerned. The state has not done anything for tea workers,” he said.
The BJP leader also mentioned that tea industry will find place in the election manifesto that the party will release ahead of the rural polls.”We are aware about the problems of tea w orkers and their families and our manifesto will clearly say what we intend to do for them, if elected to power at the rural bodies,” said Roy.
Quizzed about support base in the Dooars, specifically when most of the Morcha leaders have defected to Trinamool, Roy said they are “in touch” with such people. Roy also scoffed at the hill business summit that concluded in concluded in the hills on Wednesday.
“All these are nothing but drama. In Calcutta, five business summits have been held but there has been no major industrial investment. We demand that a white paper should be published with details like the expenditure of all these summits, and the investments which have come during past six-seven years,” Roy added.