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Bengal polls like freedom stir: Modi

Posted by on April 18, 2011 0 Comment

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called the West Bengal Assembly polls a “movement for freedom” by people who want to be free from the shackles of a 35-year-long vicious cycle of “oppression”, a day after accusing Left Front government of not doing any development work in the state.

“I was surprised after what I saw in West Bengal. It was a whole new form of election there,” Mr Modi said while addressing a seminar organised by the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industries (GCCI) here.
“It was not just some election, but a movement for freedom by the people who want to be free from the shackles of 35-year-long vicious cycle of oppression,” said Mr Modi, who on Saturday participated in an election campaign in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal.

The chief minister said that in West Bengal people purchase agricultural produce like potatoes from farmers for daily use only.

“I explained to farmers there about what happens in case of their counterparts in Gujarat, who also cultivate potatoes. A farmer in Banaskantha (Gujarat) cultivates potatoes which are sold in markets of Canada where it gets transformed into chips and is sold across the world. This is where government figures in,” Mr Modi said. He told the GCCI that in Jalpaiguri potatoes are sold only if people come and buy them otherwise they rot. Asian Age

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