Purulia (West Bengal): Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Monday claimed TMC ushered in a new era of development in West Bengal which was languishing during the erstwhile Left regime and accused the BJP government at the Centre of not doing enough for the state.
"Neither the 34-year-old Left regime has done anything for the development of Bengal, nor did the two-year-old BJP government at the Centre do anything," the state chief minister said.
"We have changed the picture of Bengal and have placed Bengal on the global map," Banerjee said. Addressing an election rally in this once Maoist-affected district, she asserted that it was her government which brought peace and development in not only Purulia but also the entire Jangalmahal.
"During the rule of the erstwhile Left Front government, people were in panic in the entire Jangalmahal area which witnessed daily killings and bloodshed. Those days are gone and peace has returned. There has not been a single killing in Jangalmahal since 2011," Banerjee said. Lashing out at the "unholy" nexus between the Congress and the Left Front, she alleged, "They are shameless. The Congress has forgotten how 55,000 Congress workers were killed in Bengal during the Left Front rule."
She reminded people that it was during the TMC rule that the scheme of providing rice at Rs 2/kg to poor families of the state had started.