Indian PM calls for regime change in West Bengal

11:35, April 24, 2011      

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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday said it was time for a "regime change" in the eastern state of West Bengal, which is having a legislative election this month, according to Indo-Asian News Service.

The prime minister also said there would be an industrial revolution and a push ahead to the state's falling education standards, if the Trinamool Congress party led by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee who is an ally of the Congress party, comes to power.

Addressing an election meeting in Burdwan district in West Bengal, Singh said West Bengal lags behind other states in industry and many factories had closed down.

"There is a huge demand for manpower for industry, including information and technology. But there is no infrastructure. Investment in these sectors is hugely required. Only our alliance can bring in the necessary investments... a new industrial revolution," he was quoted as saying.

He said if the alliance was voted to power, the state would march ahead in education.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist, which has ruled West Bengal for decades, is contesting the Trinamool Congress in the election.

Incumbent West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Friday rejected allegation that his government has caused the fleeing of investment from the state.

"We have acquired 8,000 acres of land in areas like Andal and Panagarh and we have done it taking along farmers with us," he told the media.

He said that in 2010 alone, investment worth 150 billion rupees (3 billion U.S. dollars) had been made in areas like Salboni, Panagarh and Siliguri.

Source: Xinhua
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