NDA govt, TMC regime making 'baseless' claims on their success : Adhir

State Cong to strengthen district committees before next year’s panchayat polls
Report by: 
Debanjan Mukherjee
Kolkata
29 May 2017

West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee president Adhir Chowdhury today dubbed the NDA government at the Centre and the Trinamool Congress regime in the state as two sides of a coin.

Addressing newspersons here, Chowdhury said: "We have seen very recently that the NDA government is celebrating the completion of its third year in the office. Similarly the Trinamool government here is also celebrating completion of the first year of its second term in power. Both the governments are beating their drums loudly but their repeated claims of success do not carry conviction, those sound hollow. The state government has failed to promote industry and generate employment. The farmers are going through their worst time. This holds true for also the NDA government at the Centre ".

Attacking the state government over the recent 'fake doctor' issue, the state Congress chief said: "We don't get to know about recruitment of genuine doctors in state and private hospitals but this report about imposters working  in the health care institutions is simply terrifying.  How are they managing to obtain fake certificates and get jobs? The CM herself has been holding charge of the health department since 2011. I want to ask her is this how you have run the health department? What have you done for the last six years? We have seen the CM pulling up private hospitals for irregularities. Some Acts have also been amended but what action has the state government taken against institutions like Apollo and AMRI", he asked.

Asked to comment on her recent meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the PCC chief said: "I don't agree with what she told the media after coming out of the meeting. Mamata claimed that she had urged the Prime Minister to release funds for the state’s development.  But if she is so serious about development, she shouldn't have skipped the NITI Aayog meeting. She also ignored the Inter State Council meeting and and the Srinagar meeting of the GST Council.   

On the Presidential election and Mamata Banerjee's meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Chowdhury said: "Not only Mamata but top leaders of so many other Opposition parties had attended that meeting. Such meeting took place during the note ban period also. But that can’t justify inference to the effect that an understanding between the TMC and the Congress on a national issue prevents the PCC from protesting misrule of the state government". He informed that the high command would decide on the sixth candidate from West Bengal for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections and added that he has has not suggested any name for the vacancy that would occur. 

Chowdhury also informed that the state Congress would organise a protest rally in front of Shahid Minar on July 12 where issues, such as, deterioration in law and order situation, poor state of industrialisation and the rise of FICN would  be highlighted.  "Congress will keep fighting on its own strength. I had a meeting with senior leaders today and there it has been decided to set up district-level committees before next year's panchayat polls and leadership change, where necessary, would be effected.

Chowdhury said that the Congress party does not support the way party leaders in Kerala have slaughtered cow in to protest the Centre's recent imposition of ban on sale of cattle in markets for slaughter.