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Bengal Congress to launch counter campaign to anti-graft movement

Raktima Bose

Kolkata: Keeping with the Congress high command's decision to launch a nationwide counter campaign to the anti-graft movement spearheaded by civil rights activists, the West Bengal Pradesh Congress leadership said here on Thursday that the campaign in the State will be launched on July 1 at a public rally organised by the party with senior leaders like Pranab Mukherjee and Shakeel Ahmed attending the event.

Mr. Mukherjeehad told media persons on June 12 that the Congress has decided to launch a counter-campaign during which the party's views on the raging issues of corruption and black money will be taken to the public directly.

“Following the rally on July 1, a month-long programme will be initiated from the State to block levels. Our party leaders and workers will reach out to people to make them aware of current situation in the country where some forces are trying to weaken the democratic framework as well as whip up communal sentiments,” Pradip Bhattacharya, newly-appointed working president of the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee, said at a press conference.

Mr. Bhattacharya also outlined his plan to personally tour each of the 19 districts of the State to coordinate with the party workers in an attempt to “build up the Congress as an organised political power” in the State.

Lauding the different steps taken by the Trinamool Congress-led State government since it was sworn in on May 20, he said that the passage of the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Bill, 2011, that would ensure return of land to ‘unwilling' farmers was an example of the “good work”.

Asked about the possibility of the Bill proving detrimental for the Tata group to return to the State for setting up industries, Mr. Bhattacharya pointed out that every business house has to function within the laws and guidelines framed by respective states.

Mr. Bhattacharya said that being an ally of the Trinamool Congress in the State government, the Congress will continue suggesting the government on different issues and expect the speedy implementation of projects.

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