Lalgola/Samshi (West Bengal): Sharing the dais with Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee for the first time in eight years, Congress president Sonia Gandhi accused the CPI(M)-led Left front government in West Bengal of failing to tackle poverty and underdevelopment during its 32-year rule.
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Gandhi also hit out at the Left for its opposition to the nuclear deal and failure to implement “path-breaking” schemes mooted by the Centre for rural development like the NREGA.
“We needed the nuclear deal to meet the growing energy requirement but the Left opposed the idea,” Gandhi said while addressing a series of election rallies at Lalgola, which is part of Jangipur Lok Sabha constituency from where external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee is seeking re-election and Samshi in Malda North constituency where young Congress member of legislative assembly Mousam Noor is the party candidate.
“You should ask this government why it failed to deliver the goods, why it suppressed democracy,” Gandhi said, adding “had CPI(M)’s policies been proper, people would not be so poor in West Bengal in 32 years”.
Gandhi was accompanied by Mukherjee and Banerjee, who has entered into seat adjustment with the Congress after eight years. She had last shared the platform with Banerjee in Kolkata during state Assembly elections in 2001 after which the TC supremo had joined hands with the National Democratic Alliance.