Time for a change of regime in West Bengal: Sonia Gandhi
Jalpaiguri, Apr 15 (ANI): Charging the ruling Left Front Government of not properly utilizing the funds sanctioned by the Centre for the state's development, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday emphasized for a change of regime in West Bengal.
The UPA chairperson, who addressed an election rally here today, said: "Time has come to change the government in the state. I appeal to the people to vote for the Congress-Trinamool Congress alliance. 'Kendra ne is rajya ko kafi dhan dia hai, lekin iska asar kahin nahi dikha' (Centre has given enough funds to the state, but its results are nowhere to be seen)."
Gandhi asked the voters to question the Left Front Government with regard to the funds provided by the Centre.
"The amount of fund given to the states by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, had not been given in the past," she said.
Gandhi said the amount of work done by Congress-led Government at the Centre for all classes of people had not been done in the past by any non-Congress government.
She further said many places in the state lacked proper irrigation facilities, adding that one-third of the people had no access to drinking water.
"Every section of the people are facing hardship. It is the duty of the government to look after all sections of people. If the Central funds were properly used in Bengal, the situation would not have come to such a pass," said Gandhi accusing the Left Front government of discriminating in implementing developmental schemes against the areas where Congress had some strength.
"It is now time for you to ask why the dreams have not been fulfilled. Does Communism mean that people will become poorer?" she added.
The state will have 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 total number of assembly constituencies in West Bengal is 294, of which 68 are reserved for the Scheduled Castes and 16 for the Scheduled Tribes.
The Election Commission has said that polling will take place at 51,919 polling stations. (ANI)
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