RAIGANJ, 21 JUNE: The state library and mass education minister, Mr Abdul Karim Chaudhury, today asked the rural people of North Dinajpur district to gift all the zila parishad, panchayat samiti and gram panchayat seats on a silver platter to the Chief Minister, Miss Mamata Banerjee to ensure speedy development. He said this while addressing the Trinamul Congress candidates in Raiganj today.
“Such a gift would gladden the Chief Minister and the district would be flooded with development projects. The drift of the party&’s campaigning should be trained on this theme-vote for TMC to ensure full-fledged development. We would have to focus on our supreme leader as she remains the lone vote catcher for the party. People adore her and her mission to develop Bengal,” the minister said.
Apart from Mr Chaudhury, the president of the state TMC committee, Mr Subrata Bakshi, was present. All the leaders exhorted the party members and activists to plunge headlong in the campaign to wrest the North Dinajpur zila parishad from the grip of the ‘discredited’ Congress.
Mr Bakshi said that Miss Banerjee has heralded a new era of development in the state. “Power cuts which were a bane of the state under the Left regime are no longer there. No report of starvation death has come from any part of the state over the past two years.  There is a feel-good factor among the people. So it is quite logical to expect that my party would sweep the rural elections in the district,” he said. 
However, denying that the district has seen no development under the Congress-led Zilla Parishad board, the North Dinajpur Congress committee secretary, Mr Pabitra Chanda said the ZP board has succeeded in bringing electricity to the remotest of district&’s villages over the past few years. 
“Our success is also startling in respect of NREGA work.
The TMC has done nothing by way of developing the district. They are, on the contrary, hell-bent on scuppering construction of the AIIMS-styled heath facility in Raiganj.
The people of the district would reject them lock, stock and barrel for playing fraud with the developmental aspirations of the people. The ruling party is simply building castles in the air. We are sure to recapture the district ZP,” he added. sns