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Feb 22, 2011 at 10:05am IST

Buddha distributes bicycles to girl students

Kolkata: Is the beleaguered West Bengal Chief Minister looking to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for inspiration? As the CPIM faces the prospect of losing office this elections, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee seems to have taken a cue from his Bihari counterpart by distributing bicycles to girl students.

Buddhadeb Bhattacharya said, "I hope with these cycles the girl students can go and study more as now they will have a proper means of transport."

The state has begun distributing 33,000 cycles for class nine girl students in the North and South 24 Parganas districts. And 14,000 for tribal girls in three districts in northern Bengal. The opposition TMC has reacted furiously, with Mamata Banerjee accusing the Buddhadeb Govt of misusing central funds.

TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee said, "They are giving bicycles for free, all their populist schemes are being funded from money given by the centre. Yet they claim credit for it."

A Slew of populist schemes with just months to go before the elections, What Nitish Kumar did in ten years Buddhadeb Bhattacharya wants to do in three months. But will that be enough for Bengal?

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