(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
May 01, 2011
BUDDHADEB AT MEET THE PRESS
'Food, Employment and Peace Will Be
Top Priorities of 8th Left Front Govt'
LOOKING a bit
surprised at the
absurdity of charges levelled by prime minister Manmohan Singh against
Front government in his election speeches, Buddhadeb Bhattacharya
do not know from where prime minister has discovered that nothing is
surprised at prime minister's claim that compared to Bengal, Muslims
better off in
To a volley of questions from media regarding praise showered by PM on Buddhadeb and his government publicly in the past and his denunciation now, the Bengal CM responded saying this question can only be addressed by the PM. Being further pressed for reply specially hinting at compulsions of coalition politics, he only said that he does not hold to that view. In the election campaign, many things would be said by those opposing us. Buddhadeb closed this topic by saying that ultimately what matters is what people say and think of us, not what PM thinks.
In this connection, a confident and relaxed Buddhadeb categorically claimed a comfortable win for Left Front in current elections. Cutting short a question about 'doubts' Buddhadeb repeated that he did not have any doubt, "We will get a comfortable majority." Buddhadeb began his brief address to press by underlining top four priorities of his next government: strengthened and universalised PDS, creation of employment through industrialisation, improving life of marginalised sections, ie, tribals, poor Muslims, unorganised sector and establishing peace and tranquility. Later on, he further summarised top priorities of the 8th Left Front government as: ‘Food, Employment and Peace.’
questions, the Bengal
CM also tried to dispel the notions that post-Singur industrial
In the morning, Buddhadeb led a huge padyatra through three assembly constituencies of Kolkata city—Chaurangi, Shyampukur and Jodasanko. Thousands from all sections of society participated with much enthusiasm in these programmes. Most of the three and a half kilometre long stretch also had thousands lined up on both sides of the path to see, welcome and even join the procession. The procession started from Mohmmad Ali Park and concluded at Baag Bazar.
Flower petals were repeatedly showered over the procession at various junctions. All along the way, people on rooftops, balconies and their windows also waved their support to the CM and the Left Front. The CM and candidates from three constituencies—Janaki Singh of CPI(M) from Jodasanko, Jeewan Prakash Saha of Forward Bloc from Shyampukur and Bimal Sigh of RJD from Churangee—along with CPI(M) Central Committee and state secretariat member Md Salim, travelled on decorated open jeep.