Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna in Kolkata on Wednesday. (PTI Photo)
A day after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged heads of chambers of commerce to “act” instead of merely speaking and praising the government, leader of the Congress Legislature Party Abdul Mannan said it was time for the CM to practice what she is preaching.
“Her statement itself states that nothing has happened in Bengal in the last five years. That is why she has called for action now,” Mannan said at a press conference at the state Assembly on Wednesday.
“It is exactly what the Opposition had been saying for a long time and it is applicable to the CM’s activities as well. We have had enough of her speeches. Now we want to see some action,” he added.
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The Congress leader said Mamata needs to address the law and order situation and the prevailing corruption in the state to attract industry in Bengal. “Songs and drama will not bring in investment. There has to be proper infrastructure and law and order should be well maintained in a state to gain the confidence of a prospective investor. In Bengal there is no infrastructure and investors know that a lot of trouble is created by labour unions and syndicates. Besides the prevailing corruption under the patronisation of the CM is well-known too. After the Narada sting operation, the CM said if she had known about it ahead of the polls she would not have allotted nomination to the tainted TMC members but after the result she inducted them in her cabinet,” he said.
Slamming the Mamata-led government for not taking remedial steps against the ongoing incidents of post-poll violence in the state, Mannan said he, along with CPM MLA Sujan Chakraborty, will go to Basirhat in North-24 Parganas district on Thursday morning to decide their next course of action. “A number of houses of our supporters have been razed and people have been beaten up. If the state administration is unable to contain violence in the state, the Congress and CPM will have …