Calcutta, Jan. 15: Leader of the Opposition Surjya Kanta Mishra today said chief minister Mamata Banerjee had a role in the industrial growth of Gujarat.
"She has blamed everybody for the lack of industrial development in Bengal. Today, she talked about Gujarat and its advantages. She has gifted the small-car factory (Tata Nano) to them. After the plant was shifted to Sanand, it has become an automobile hub. Her contribution cannot be denied," Mishra told a news conference at Alimuddin Street hours after Bengal Leads kicked off in Haldia.
The CPM leader also questioned the priorities of the Trinamul government.
"She (Mamata) says she does not have funds for industry and agriculture. But her government has cash for clubs, fairs, giving allowances to imams and muezzins, applying fresh coats of blue and white paint and putting up trident lamps," he said.
On Mamata's claim today that loss of man-days had decreased after her party came to power, Mishra said: "As an Opposition leader, she had blocked the NH2 for 21 days to close down a factory (the Tata Nano plant). We are not resorting to such strikes. However, the holidays that this government has announced is resulting in loss."
The CPM leader also took a dig at the song "Jodi tor daak shune keu na ashe…" that was sung at Bengal Leads today. "Was this song selected because nobody turned up?"