May 042012

New Delhi, May 4: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday blamed the Centre for not helping the state enough to dispel the financial doldrums.

“We don’t have money for any development projects like roads, BPL cards and others. Other states don’t have the same situation like our state,” she said after meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his 7 Race Course Road residence here.

“We believes some solution will come out, if not, then we will fight it politically from state,” said Mamata.

Blaming the erstwhile Left regime for the current financial dire straits, she demanded a three- year moratorium on interest on debts. She added that if a financial package were not announced for her state, she would fight for it “politically.”

“I will not speak about the Prime Minister’s opinion. I have met the Prime Minister 10 times, Finance Minister 20 times, but nothing has changed,” she said.

Mamta minced no words in making her displeasure clear over Centre’s indecision in granting a bailout package to the state, while claiming that West Bengal’s financial position cannot be compared to that of any other state.Commenting on the contentious issue of National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), Mamtareiterated her opposition for the anti- terror agency, saying that the proposed structure would “destroy the federal structure” if the states. (ANI)

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