Prime Minister calls for change in West Bengal amidst polls

April 23rd, 2011 - 10:05 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh Kolkata, Apr 23(ANI): Campaigning in West Bengal amidst the six phase provincial polls spread over three weeks, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Saturday called for a change in government.

Addressing an election rally in Kolkata, Dr. Singh said: “I have come here to appeal to you people that in coming elections, you please give the chance to Congress and its ally Trinamool Congress to cater their service to you. Brothers and sisters, you gave 34 years’ time to the Left Front to rule West Bengal. Now it is the time for a change.”

“I want to say to all people that please come so that we can elect that government that can maintain peace and harmony in West Bengal, let’s elect a government that can bring development to West Bengal, let’s elect the government that can provide education, employment and health facilities to the people of West Bengal,” he added.

Elections to the 294-member legislature of West Bengal are being conducted in six phases.

The first phase of voting took place on April 18 while the second phase was held today.

The third round will be held on April 27, fourth on May 3, fifth on May 7 and the last phase on May 10.

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

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

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