“keu keu bole berachhey Tata der aami Bangla theke ber kore diyechi, r Tata chakri dichhey… Tata der aami ber korini, CPI(M) korechey…” (Some people are saying that I had turnerd out the Tatas from bengal, and today Tata is offering employment. The fact is I did not oust Tatas but it was CPI(M). These were the words of Trinamool Supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee churning fresh controversy from an even in Siliguri. One fails to understand, if Mamata Banerjee is really so naive that she forgets or do these things deliberately. Anyways, the truth is this too like her many claims or convictions is a ‘blatant’ lie. Though for her it could be nothing but “choto ghotona” (petty incident), “sajano ghotona” (concocted incident), the two of her cult catch phrases out of the three. The other one is “bohiragoto der kaaj” (work of alliens).
Problem is Trinamool since its inception has been resting on the pillars of falsehood, people did not realise that the catch lines or slogans coined before the 2011 Assembly Polls – ‘Bodla Noi Bodol Chai’ (not revenge but change) and ‘Maa Mati Manush’ had nothing to do with reality. She was the first to infuse hatred among the rivals within the party and result we saw regular cat-fights between her leadres creating factions. Both ‘Maa Mati Manus’ and ‘Bodla Noi Bodol Chai’ are now forgotten.
Coming back to Tatas. It was Mamata Banerjee who had raised a hue and cry over Tata acquiring farm lands or green lands from the farmers by paying a paltry amount for the Nano project. This was happening when the Nano factory had almost established itself and was waiting for the first lot of Nano cars to roll out of the Singur factory. The agitation carried out by her saw immense drama including terror for the hapless farmers who opposed to her and wanted to remain with the Tatas as they saw development and in Ratan Tata’s words, “We would make the place a second Jamshedpore. We mean words, its our my conviction to give the locals job in the factory. I too would not have believed it had I not met people who had been in Singur. I was told that Didi had not only had spoil the the employment opportunity but have made them landless as Banerjee had promised them that the land would be returned once she comes to power but the fact is court had refused and said not Banerjee jurisdiction to comment on the land.
Suddenly, she has forgotten her own role in the Singur fiasco, and squarely blamed the then Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattachrya for the oust of Tatas. Strange, she has forgotten how Bhatacharya had created the Information Technology hub Sector V in Salt Lake. Today, if you visit the place especially during the evening or night then you will see entire building that used to be illuminated earlier now wear a deserted look. I had spoken to many food stalls across Sector V and they all told me “aage to shara raat bhor manush thakto, kaaj korto, aamraao khabar toiri kortam…ekhun shondhey holei ondhokaar hoi jai…ager moton business nei… ei shashok dol Sector V ke shesh kore diyechey…” (earlier, people used to work here whole night and we too had prepared food for them, they would cpome at night and have food but now the area gets pitch dark once evening rolls. There are no business. The present regime has doomed the IT business…) If this is not enough then you can also talk to eateries, and even the drivers who ply the shuttle cabs or trekkers.
The fact is Banerjee and her party has totally ruined the state from health to education and even governance. Her party has done only two things – One, paint the city blue and white with the paints supplied by a particular hardware shop outside Harish Chatterjee Street. Two, raising mindless murals, and structures across the city that has no significance. On development, her government made tall claims but has done nothing. She may feel happy patting her own back over the numerous ‘Shree’ and ‘Sathi’ projects but if you take a close look or talk to people across the state then you would know the fact behind the projects. Even, some college students told me they were allegedly threatened y the in-charge of the ‘Kanyashree’ project in the respective colleges for refusing to take for refusing to take advantage of the so-called project. The equation is simple and easy, these projects are a facade to show development in the state and if the student backs out then he or she would not feature in the list used to show the success of her projects to churn votes prior to 2022 Bengal assembly Polls.
Last but not the last, her ‘Utkarsha Bangla’ project rolled across Bengal that talk of skill development or vocational courses is also a big claim with no material in it. The fact is who ever had (baring the bhakts) enrolled with the project have left or cursed themselves as the state government took a 180 degree turn on all the convictions and promises they had made to the incumbents. The worst sufferers are those who had joined the courses out of good faith or with the zeal to learn the respective course inorder to pursue it as their career. They (may who can’t afford to even arrange two square meals) had enrolled with a hope of changing the lifestyle of their and their family but have been cheated and are now cursing themselves for trusting Banerjee and the ‘Utkarsha Bangla’ project.