No development in West Bengal under Left Front government: Narendra Modi

April 16th, 2011 - 10:42 pm ICT by ANI  

Narendra Modi Jalpaiguri (West Bengal), Apr 16(ANI): Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday criticized the Left Front government in West Bengal, saying that there has been no development in the state during its three decades rule.

Modi said this while addressing an election rally to campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Jalpaiguri.

In his speech, Modi compared the fast pace development in Gujarat with the lack of development in West Bengal.

“Gujarat was never an industrial state, it was a traders state. A state of businessmen, but today we have made it India’s most powerful industrial state. Here (West Bengal), there used to be good business, small-scale industries in particular, but alas, today more than half of business houses have shut down,” Modi said.

“Youth are not able to work because of violent trade union. In the rule of Left Front under the Communist Party of India (Marxist) you cannot run any business, does not matter whether a labourers is living or dead,” he added.

He further said that due to lack of development and job opportunities in West Bengal, youth of the state were migrating to other places such as Gujarat.

“People from every region of India live in my state, I keep meeting them, visit their festivals, industries, Durga Puja and I ask them why they have come so far leaving their old parents. Listening to this they begin to weep and say that they do not have job to feed their parents. Youth have to migrate to Gujarat leaving their old parents, family, friends and their fields. If development would have been here, the youth of the state would not have had to go miles away in search of livelihood,” Modi said.

West Bengal’s 294-member legislature will have assembly elections in six phases.

The first phase of voting will take place on April 18, second phase on April 23, third phase on April 27, fourth phase on May 3, fifth phase on May 7 and sixth phase on May 10.

The Left Front, led by the Communist Party of India-Marxist or CPI-M, has been in power in West Bengal for more than three decades.

Presently, it is facing a tough challenge from main opposition Trinamool Congress and its ally Congress, who have stepped up pressure by raising simmering issues such as Maoist insurgency, corruption, and unemployment, ahead of the polls. (ANI)

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