Tuesday, May 18

In Kurseong, CM mixes morning walk with work

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Chief minister Mamata Banerjee began her day early morning on Wednesday, catching residents along the Mahanadi railway station in Kurseong by surprise.

“I believe that early morning walk sometimes is early morning work too, where I can communicate with my people, understand their needs and take the best possible action to make optimum use of all available resources,” she said.

While taking the walk, Banerjee met railway officials and shared her ideas on how to utilise the space better for beautification and public welfare. “I want all my brothers and sisters in Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Mirik to shine and smile like Kanchenjungha,” the CM said before attending the administrative meeting here.

She also paid a visit to the upcoming Kurseong campus of Presidency University.

The heads of Left-run civic bodies — Siliguri Municipal Corporation and Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad (SMP) — were upset over the CM not inviting them to the administrative meeting. The Parishad caters to the four blocks Matigara, Naxalbari, Khoribari and Phansidewa, and the corporation has 47 wards. SMP sabhadhipati Tapas Sarkar said: “We were never called. They do not have any ideology.”

Siliguri mayor Ashok Bhattacharya, who had called on governor Jagdeep Dhankhar when he visited Siliguri in September, too expressed his dismay. “Keeping us away from the meeting actually means closing the doors to Siliguri residents because we are their elected representatives,” Bhattacharya said.

Trinamool’s Siliguri president Bedobroto Dutta said: “People can see what the Trinamool government has done for this town and compare it with the non-performance of the Left Front government.”

 

Source: Times of India

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