Mamata launches campaign for panchayat elections

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee today launched her campaign for the upcoming panchayat elections in the state from Purulia.

She is on a three-day tour to the Maoist- infested Jangalmahal and addressed a public gathering at Hutmora under Purulia district today.

Banerjee assured the gathering at Hutmura of more loans, roads construction and employment, and requested for additional six months to provide more benefits to people.

She circuitously asked people not to support CPIM which still controls Purulia zilla parishad and appealed for votes to bring Trinomial Congress to power. She promised government’s support to those who fight terrorism.

At the same time, Banerjee attacked the UPA government of depriving central assistance to the state.

"The Centre wants us to die of hunger but as long as we are in power in the state, we will not let that happen. We may be poor, but not beggars," she said.

"We know how to get back our rights," she added.

Trinamool supremo promised to assist farmers with tractors and agriculture inputs even if her government failed to secure financial assistance from central government.

Given price hike in diesel, she promised to make available electricity for irrigation.

"We will build our own resources to sustain our agriculture," she held.

She claimed her government achieved many things in the last one and a half years despite severe fund constraint.

"I challenge the opposition to charge me with defamation if I have given any false promise to the people," said firebrand leader.

She also accused a section of the media of maligning her government and urged the people not to give credence to false reports against the government.

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