Trinamool to talk about Mamata’s ‘vikas’ to take on BJP in Assembly polls

State Minister Partha Chatterjee launched Bongodhhoni (Sound of Bengal) — a drive to reach out to at least 10 million households in the next few days

Mamata Banerjee

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) in Bengal has picked up BJP’s poll plank of the 2014 national elections — development (vikas) — as it faces the rising saffron surge ahead of the Assembly polls next year.

The TMC declared on Thursday that developmental work done by the Mamata Banerjee government in the last 10 years will be highlighted during the campaigning.

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State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee announced the launch of Bongodhhoni (Sound of Bengal) — one of the biggest outreach programmes of the party. He said that as part of the drive, TMC workers would reach out to at least 10 million households in the next few days. The ‘Bongodhhoni yatra’ will start on Friday (December 11).

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About 950 teams will travel more than 2.5 lakh km to cover 294 constituencies to talk about what the government has done for the people in the last decade, said Chatterjee.

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The party also announced the ‘Duare Sarkar’ (government at the doorstep) outreach programme, to ensure people get the benefits of 11 state-run welfare schemes.

The TMC will highlight government programmes like Khadya Sathi, Swasthya Sathi, caste certificates, Sikshashree, Jai Johar, Taposili Bandhu, Kanyashree, Rupashree, Aikyashree, MGNREGS, and Krishak Bandhu.

The Opposition made light of the TMC drive saying the report card does not talk about industrialisation and law and order situation of Bengal.

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