Kolkata: Asking voters to end the misrule of the Left Front government in West Bengal, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday slammed the ruling state government for pushing it under debt.

Rahul said, "If Trinamool-Congress alliance comes to power, it will usher in development for West Bengal." The Congress leader addressed strings of election campaign rallies at Naxalbari and Mal Bazar.

“The state of education is poor in West Bengal,” said Rahul, adding that 25 per cent of poor students are dropping out from schools. The UPA government at the Centre has introduced mid-day meal scheme for such students and MNREGA scheme for their parents.

He also accused the state government of not utilizing the money allocated by the Central government under the welfare schemes.

"The government should be for the 'aam admi' (common man) and think of the welfare of people, but here the government thinks about its own gains and cadres first," Rahul said.

“Vital Teesta irrigation project is still pending in the state for years. Industrialists give the state a go-by preferring other states for setting up industries because of the unhealthy environment that has been created by the Left Front government,” he said, adding the situation will change once Trinamool-Congress alliance comes to power.

While addressing an election rally in Falakata, Rahul said, “Despite getting Central government’s cooperation for development, the ruling government has been unable to work for the uplift of the state.” Before Independence, Bengal was on the top but now it has been lagging behind in all aspects, he added. 

“For development of the state there should be a change in the governance.  Even Andhra Pradesh has left behind West Bengal when it comes to development,” he added.

Rahul Gandhi claimed that the state has 15 per cent urban unemployment and 10 per cent rural unemployment. The state has a debt burden of nearly Rs 1,60,000 crores. 

“A huge corpus of funds amounting to Rs 113,000 crore had been granted to the state for implementing several developmental projects but the government could not utilize the amount adequately," he said.