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Mamata talks development, attacks BJP on revenue sharing

Criticising the BJP which held a rally under Amit Shah in Kolkata on Sunday, Banerjee said, “A party which cannot manage Delhi is trying to capture Bengal. Today Trinamool is playing the role of main Opposition in Delhi. We have brought together all parties in protesting against the Centre. Those in power in Delhi know Trinamool is their main opponent. But they cannot sweep us away with brooms”.

On Tuesday, Party workers from the three districts of Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar assembled at Baghajatin Park in Siliguri to hear Banerjee. She announced that the Uttarbanga Utsav would be held from January 20. Then she pointed out the status of developmental projects in the region.

“North Bengal has always been neglected. When I was Railway Minister I gave several railway links to the region. We are going to inaugurate a sports village in Jalpaiguri. We are developing Gazaldoba. A safari park is coming up near Siliguri. A small scale industrial park is coming up on a 200 acre plot in Banarhat”, Banerjee said. She also outlined how Coochbehar, a neglected district, was turning around. “We have started Panchanan Barma University in Coochbehar. We have created a new district, Alipurduar. Terai and Dooars are getting a facelift. We have started 100 Days’ Work scheme at tea gardens. We distribute food grains to workers of closed tea gardens. I want workers of tea gardens to get land pattas under Nija Griha Nija Bhoomi scheme”, Banerjee pointed out.

Banerjee said that the Centre is depriving the state of funds. “They have stopped funds under 100 Days’ Work. I heard that Centre has hiked the excise duty on petrol and diesel again. They deregulated prices of fuel. The reduction of prices of fuel in India is not at par with the reduction of prices in global market”, she said.

“The Centre is taking away major share of our revenue. Centre is not paying our due share of funds. Let Centre stop taking our tax revenue. We will not ask for any funds from them. My MPs protested in Parliament with empty earthen vessels regarding 100 Days’ Work Scheme”, she rued.

She also harped on the tea garden strife. “We have formed a Group of Ministers to look into the issue of tea gardens and jute industry. Genuine demands of workers must be looked into. But we do not support violence and murder”, she said.  

There was more. “We have formed a branch Secretariat in north Bengal - Uttarkanya. Who stopped the CPM from setting up one? We have given recognition to Hindi, Al Chiki, Gurmukhi, Nepali. We set up 10 new universities in three and half years”, she said.   

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