March 14, 2009

Left must strengthen alliance at grassroots: Buddhadeb

Kolkata, March 13: With Trinamool Congress and Congress allying for the Lok Sabhaelections in West Bengal, state Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Friday called for strengthening Left Front unity at grassroots.

"We have seen such alliances in the past. To counter it, there is need to strengthen Left Front unity at grassroots. It is not enough to be united at the upper levels," the Chief Minister told a Left Front legislature party meeting. Bhattacharjee asked the legislators to increase their outreach and sensitise the people about the development work done by the Left Front government, especially for the minorities besides, the progress under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

Replying a question by Brahmamoy Nanda of the Socialist Party, he admitted that rural electrification was yet to cover all villages in the state. Efforts, were being made to ensure that it was done at the earliest.

Bhattacharjee said the power shortage would be over once two units at Sagardighi generating station became operational. Earlier, the assembly was adjourned for the day after 15 obituary references. A minute's silence was also observed.

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