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Mamata runs into plea for aid

Purulia, July 31: Fifty-odd residents of a Purulia village battling water woes and unemployment for years today made sure the district administration came to their doorstep within hours.

The villagers stopped Mamata Banerjee’s convoy, which was travelling to Bankura after administrative and public meetings in Purulia.

As the villagers frantically begged the chief minister to listen to their demands, she pulled over and said: “What has happened? What is the problem? Tell me, I will look into it.”

For years, Siara has been plagued by unemployment, delay in getting pension and other dues from the government and scarcity of drinking water. Hands folded, the villagers said they had voted Trinamul in successive elections hoping their problems would be addressed.

After listening to the problems, the chief minister made a couple of calls to the district magistrate and the police superintendent. As she waited in her SUV, district magistrate Tanmay Chakraborty, police chief N. Sudhir Kumar and Kashipur MLA Swapan Belthoria reached the village within an hour.

“You make sure every complaint is taken care of…. I am personally entrusting you with the responsibility of following them (the demands) up and delivering,” Mamata told Chakraborty. “I am going to come back and check, mind you,” she added.

As the officials began jotting down the complaints and making calls, the chief minister left. “See? I took care of it all,” Mamata told The Telegraph before leaving.