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Surjya sermon to panchayats

West Midnapore, Sept. 26: After the chief minister, it was the turn of health, panchayat and rural development minister Surjya Kanta Mishra to call for unity among CPM workers.

At a meeting with panchayat functionaries, mostly belonging to the CPM, Mishra said four ideals should be followed — honesty, transparency, efficiency and expeditious development. “Even if you spend Rs 5, the people should know where and why the money is being spent,” Mishra said.

The minister, who was in the thick of a controversy for being “unsympathetic” in his response to the series of deaths at the B.C. Roy Memorial Children’s Hospital in Calcutta, spelt out the mantra of “people before politics” today. The panchayat elections are eight months away.

In the interaction with panchayat leaders, chaired by district secretary Dipak Sarkar, Mishra stressed that control over panchayats was the very basis of “power”.

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