Jalpaiguri (West Bengal), Apr 15 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday slammed the Left government in West Bengal for allegedly failing to utilise Central funds for development and accused the state government of working in a biased manner against non-Left stronghold areas.
Claiming that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre was giving record funds to the states for developmental activities, Gandhi questioned where the money has been used in West Bengal.
Kicking off her campaign for the Congress-Trinamool Congress (TMC) alliance for the state Assembly elections in north Bengal, she urged the people to vote for change in the state.
Pointing that many West Bengal states ranked among the most backward in the country, Gandhi added that one-third of the people in the state did not even have access to drinking water.
She painted a robust picture of development in Congress-ruled states in contrast to West Bengal.
She claimed that Congress-led governments were working for all sections of people, while the Left government concentrated only in the development of its strongholds.
“Every section of the people is 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,” she said.
Gandhi dwelt at length on the various developmental schemes being undertaken by the Centre for the welfare of the backward communities and classes.
Appealing the people to vote for Congress-TMC alliance, she said, “Along with (Trinamool chief) Mamataji (Banerjee) we want to change the environment in Bengal. The future of Bengal rests upon the shoulders of the Congress and the Trinamool.”
The state goes to polls in six phases from April 18. Counting of votes will be done on May 13.