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Congress leader on campaign spree, connects with local people
Jamshedpur: Congress candidate from Jamshedpur West and former state agriculture minister in state cabinet Banna Gupta is on campaign spree.
The 46-year-old Kadma-based Banna Gupta, started his political career fighting for auto-rickshaw drivers in the late 1990s is meeting with common people and listening to their grievances.
He said that he will continue to fight for the cause of local vendors. No shops would be demolished till alternative arrangements are made,” said Banna Gupta.
Banna with a handful of his supporters met each and every of the 50-odd food kiosk operators for over one hour from 11 am . “I want to raise voice for the street vendors. They have been struggling a living on the streets for several decades and no one can simply dismantle their shops without making provision for alternate sites. I understand that roads have to be widened but shopkeepers should be provided alternative space to sell their fares,” said Banna.
The statement assumes significance with large number of squatters and street food operators exist in the Jamshedpur West assembly constituency comprising Sakchi, Bistupur, Kadma, Sonari and Mango.
He said that his party is organising general awareness drive and they are hopeful that people will give its mandate in their favour.
“ We are working hard to mobilise party workers and voters. They have seen the rule of BJP and it’s our turn to show what our vision for the development of the State is. We are confident of registering respectable performance in this year’s Assembly polls,” noted Gupta.
“Under the BJP rule there is complete breakdown of law and order. Incidents of chain snatching and murders have increased in Sonari, Kadma and Mango. I am reminding people that during my tenure I had fought and even staged dharna in state assembly leading to setting up of a post of SSP and separate city SP and rural SP post in East Singhbhum for improving policing. I will do so again to improve law and order,” stressed Gupta while meeting people at Sakchi.
He charged BJP for fomenting communal tension in lead-up to the assembly elections. “I believe in development. BJP should hold a public debate with me if it believes that I have not done any development in Jamshedpur West. I will show them how I have nursed my constituency,” he said, claiming historical voting will take place in his constituency on December 7.
On development, Gupta said among other projects he facilitated setting up of a power grid in Olidih, ensured technical and administrative clearance for laying of 108 kn water pipe line. I don’t believe in seeking votes in name of caste and religion,” he added.