"Then people thought that Trinamool Congress will come and take the state forward, but after it came to power (in 2011), it put the brakes on development continuing the deadlock," he said while talking to the workers at Wellington Jute Mill on the banks of River Ganges, which is dotted with jute mills.

During his interaction with the workers, Gandhi assured them that he will raise their problems in Parliament.

Urging the people to bring Congress back to power in the state, he said, "Only Congress can release the brakes and take the vehicle of development forward in Bengal."

The Congress, which had been voted out of power way back in 1977, has steadily lost ground first to the Left Front and then to Trinamool Congress.

It received a drubbing in the recent civic elections in the state coming a poor fourth in vote share, behind Trinamool Congress, Left Front, and the BJP.

During his interaction with jute mill workers, Gandhi was apprised of their problems related to closure of mills, wages, pension, bonus and fringe benefits, state INTUC president Ramen Pandey said.

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