Mamata Accuses Centre of Step-Motherly Attitude

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Hooghly: Accusing the Narendra Modi led NDA government of neglecting he welfare of West Bengal, chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said that the Centre is applying ‘double standard’ in dealing with flood relief demands of the state.

While the Centre sat for eight months over West Bengal government’s demand for funds for post-flood reconstruction work, though a high-level team from Delhi had visited the state, Tamil Nadu’s similar demand was met within seven days, she regretted.

Addressing a meeting in Arambagh in Hooghly district, Ms Banerjee said, “Is it that Tamil Nadu is more friendly, and West Bengal is not?” asking the Central government to “work in the interest of people leaving aside politics.”

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She, however, took pride in the fact that despite the “step-motherly attitude and non-cooperation of the Centre”, the government had been carrying out all development programmes in the interest of people.

Without taking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name, she criticised the imposition of ‘cess’ for implementing “Swachh Bharat” project.

Saying that the Narandra Modi government was acting like Muhammad bin Tughluq, Mamata criticised the termination or drastic reduction of Central funds for several social sector projects like mid-day meal, ICDS, police modernisation, Sarba Siksha Abhijan and Jangalmahal development programmes, among others.

“If I don’t get funds, how will I carry on with various development projects taken in hand?” the chief minister wanted to know and urged the Centre to immediately resume fund allocation.

She also voiced her long-standing demand for the Centre’s sharing of the huge debt burden left by the erstwhile Left Front government.

“Why do I have to pay for the ‘sins’ of the Left Front Government?” she protested.