Expectations had been high in the run-up to the two budgets, as this was the first time in the last 25 years that both the finance and railways minister were from West Bengal. In 1984, Pranab Mukherjee was the finance minister, while A.B.A. Ghani Khan Chowdhury handled the railways portfolio. Three days back, Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee presented what is widely regarded as the best railway budget for West Bengal post-independence. Though Mukherjees budget was more balanced, the announcement of a Rs.1,000 crore central grant for reconstruction efforts in areas damaged by Cyclone Aila has been welcomed by ministers of the states Left Front government. Disaster Management Minister Mortaza Hossain said: “We had asked for the money. I welcome the proposal.”
Though the establishment of a campus of the Aligarh Muslim University in Murshidabad was announced earlier, the sanction of Rs.25 crore for the project has received positive response. Incidentally, Mukherjee was re-elected to the Lok Sabha from the Murshidabad district constituency of Jangipur. န Photo : AFP
The Congress has alleged that as many as 29 candidates and village level leaders were attacked by the ruling CPI(M) in various parts of the state while in few cases Congress candidates had been forced to withdraw the nomination at the closing hour.
"The Congress candidates and workers in Sabroom, Shantirbazar, Sonamura, Teliamura, Kamalpur, Kailashahar and Dharmanagar sub-divisions were either attacked or received threats from the ruling CPI(M) and in all the cases police were acting as silent spectator," Congress party leaders alleged adding despite specific complaints police did not take any action.
Dhaka, 6 July : The Bangladesh government decided to close down three galleries in Dhaka Museum to recast its exhibits in a manner that would give Mujib his "due place in the country's history", an official said. The existing exhibits have sought to give him a status "parallel" to that of Gen. Ziaur Rahman, another slain president, with regard to declaration of the country's Independence.
Hasina and Khaleda Zia, Ziaur Rahman's widow, represent the two opposing political legacies and the projection of Mujib and Ziaur Rahman has depended upon which of the two women leaders is ruling the country.