‘Opportunistic’ Rainbow Alliance Won’t Get ”Dilli Ka Laddoo’: Mamata


Jalpaiguri: Targeting the Opposition over the alleged sting video, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said the Trinamool Congress (TMC) has done a lot of developmental work in the last four years, adding a smear campaign against the party won’t work.

“Our government has worked for the development of Jalpaiguri. We are working for the all-round development of north Bengal. The Opposition does not talk of development and performance. They only spread lies and engage in smear campaign,” Mamata said in an election rally here.

“The Opposition only peddles negativity. They believe in divisive politics. Till my last breath, I will protect the unity of the state. Terai-Dooars-Hills will remain united. Those who have left Bengal in blood for almost 34 years, carried out political violence for decades are giving us lectures now. Let the Opposition fight us on the plank of development and harmony,” she added.

The TMC supremo alleged that the Opposition parties have formed a nexus to malign the TMC’s reputation ahead of the assembly election.

“The alliance between CPI (M)-Congress is sans ideology. It is a nexus for opportunism. Our party flag is our credential. We follow an ideology. We cannot sell our flags for political benefits. Congress-CPI (M)-BJP have formed a rainbow alliance. But they will not get ‘Dilli ka laddoo’. They will get a big zero,” she said.

Stating that the CPM, Congress and BJP are united against the TMC, she said, “Conspiracies will never work. They are trying to malign our character. The mother of thieves has the loudest voice. We are not alone. We have lakhs of people by our side. Maa, Mati, Manush of Bengal will bless us.”

Her statement comes in the backdrop of the telecast of a sting video by a web portal purportedly showing some TMC leaders accepting bribe to help a fictitious private firm.

Listing out the developmental works done by her government, Mamata said every section of the society has benefited from the schemes.

“Around eight crore people get rice at subsidised price. People in tea gardens are given rice at 47 paise/kg. 100 percent households in Alipurduar district have received electricity. Over one crore minority students have received scholarships. This is the highest in the country. We give monthly allowances to our folk artists. We have constructed homes for the poor under the Geetanjali scheme,” she said.

She further stated her government has made healthcare free at government hospitals, adding that the amount of work done by ‘Maa, Mati, Manush’ government in the last four years is unmatched in India.

The West Bengal polls will be held in six phases. Polling for the first phase will take place on April 4 and 11, polling for the second phase will be held on April 17, the third phase on April 21, fourth on April 25 and the fifth and six phases on April 30 and May 5 respectively.

The counting of votes will take place on May 19. ANI