Binnaguri: Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday slammed the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)-led Left Front government for the poor development of Bengal.

Addressing an election rally in Nagrakata, Pranab said, “Bengal is lacking development because of the ruling Left Front party. It has been ruling the state for the past 35 years."

"There is no development work. Even the fund of Rs 80 crore allocated by the Central Government for health services could not be utilised. The amount meant for development of the state has met the similar fate," he said.

“Following the poor development in the state, a wind of change is favouring the Congress and Trinamool alliance. We must benefit from this given opportunity. There should be a change in governance in the state,” said the Finance Minister.

Congress senior leader Mohan Sharma, State Congress Secretary Vishwaranjan Sarkar, Bablu Mukherjee, Nikodin Minj and Kaji Pandey were among those present during the rally.

He also demanded votes for the Congress candidate Atul Subba.

After the rally, Pranab headed for Virpada, where he held talks with the partymen. In the Virpada meeting, candidate Atul Subba, Congress leader Manikumar Darnal, Nakul Sonar, Vishwaranjan Sarkar, Mannalal Jain, Balram Rai were present.

While addressing an election rally in Latagudi, Pranab said that Left Front had lagged behind in improving education, health and agriculture sector.

Even though the Central Government allocated Rs 700 crore for Tista irrigation project, the work is still pending.

During the rule of Left Front, Bengal registered highest women persecution in the country. In their 35 year rule, they could not set up even a single Hindi medium school.

JPN/Bureau