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Jairam lauds Mamata for taking on Maoists in Jungle Mahal

Press Trust of India New Delhi | Updated on November 08, 2012 Published on November 08, 2012

Notwithstanding Trinamool Congress’ parting ways with the Congress, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Thursday commended West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for showing “political courage” for the development of Jungle Mahal, a former Maoist hotbed.

“She may not be our ally now but I must say that she had transformed the scenario in Jungle Mahal. She had shown the political courage required for the changes in the Naxal-affected areas,” Ramesh said after meeting West Bengal Rural Development Minister Subroto Mukherjee here.

Jungle Mahal areas, consisting of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts, was the worst Naxal-affected zone in West Bengal during Left rule.

“The kind of political mobilisation that happened in Jungle Mahal during the last two years is worth mentioning and one should not take away the credit due to her,” he said, and added that Mamata’s “approach is the right approach (for tackling Naxal problem).

The Trinamool Congress had withdrawn support to UPA over the reforms measures, including FDI in retail, initiated by the Centre and pulled out of the Central Government in September.

Ramesh also lauded Bengal Government’s role in speedy execution of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act scheme.

Published on November 08, 2012
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