Durgapur News Service, 8 December 2015: CPI(M) state secretary and the leader of opposition in state assembly, Dr. Suryakanta Mishra in his speech at his party’s open meeting at Fuljhore locality in Durgapur vehemently criticized Mamata Banerjee for her party’s hidden nexus with BJP and not only failing to bring in any new industry for the state but also for the closure of industries.
There was much tension in the Durgapur town about this open meeting. On 6 December, a day before the meeting, a section of ruling party supporters allegedly climbed the podium, which was under construction then, and hoisted TMC flag. There were large numbers of TMC flag all around the meeting place.
Dr. Mishra began his speech on a lighter note and commented that it must be a deliberate attempt by the ruling party supporters to greet him by hoisting their party flags. However he immediately moved on to important issues.
Dr. Mishra pointed out: “Mamata Banerjee deliberately skipped 6 December’s meeting at Kolkata, organized in protest against the demolition of Ayodhya’s Babri Masjid in 1992 as she is now in alliance with communal forces. She now wants to appease Narendra Modi.”
Commenting on chief minister Miss Mamata Banerjee’s scheduled meeting with Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, Dr. Suryakanta Mishra said, “There is no such meeting. Actually Miss Banerjee is going to meet Mr. Modi to strengthen her relation with BJP, so that Saradha Scam issue can be buried. The same Miss Banerjee used to skip all important ‘Niti Ayog’ meeting, where state’s benefit is directly linked, on the plea that she doesn’t want to meet Modi. But now she is going to Delhi out of her political compulsion to prepare a mutual turf with the BJP.”
Incidentally just when Dr. Suryakanta Mishra was criticizing the Bengal CM for her meeting with Modi, almost at the same time Miss Mamata Banerjee flew to Delhi from Kolkata touching down at the Durgapur’s newly built Kazi Nazrul Islam airport. Official flight service between Kolkata-Delhi via Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport of Durgapur began yesterday with Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and other distinguished guests after a stopover at the Durgapur airport reached Delhi from Kolkata airport.
Dr. Mishra also criticized the Durgapur-Delhi flight operations and took a dig at Miss Banerjee, saying “Who’s going to board such airplanes? You and your party are forcing closure of industries in the Durgapur-Asansol industrial belt every now and then you are expecting people from the region to buy air tickets to Delhi.”
The Durgapur-Kolkata flight service that came into operation six months back, however is in a shamble due to poor turnout of passengers. The Air India most of the day carries 5 to 10 passengers on an average. Dr. Mishra said: “When there is no buyer for Kolkata tickets, she surprisingly expects huge number of Delhi passengers.”
Yesterday, amidst tight security, a section of Trinamul Congress leaders allegedly tried to destabilize the meeting and took out a procession by local TMC councilor Mr. Dipankar Laha.