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We are denied funds under central schemes: Mamata

"These funds are our right. They (Centre) are not giving money. They (BJP leaders) are only hurling abuses at us. Empty stomaches do not fill by these abuses," Mamata said.

"We want ration, not bhasan (lecture)," she said at a state government programme here. She said that states were concerned about fall in their revenue generation.

"If you collect Rs 40,000 crore from our state and give us Rs 8,000 crore and say the Centre is giving it, we don't like this. After all this is the money of our state," Mamata said at the inauguration of the "Uttarbangal Utsav" here.

The chief minister regretted that the state government was being forced to part away with a major chunk of its revenue by way of repaying debts incurred by the previous government.

"We could have created many more job opportunities if the CPI-M had not destroyed the infrastructure for 35 years," she said, but expressed the resolve that Bengal would progress despite all the "negativity and propaganda".

She also exhorted political parties not to "create hurdles for development by calling bandhs".

The chief minister reiterated her allegation that a few media houses were continuously spreading "negativity and lies".

She claimed, "From Kanyashree Prakalpa (A flagship programme to provide scholarships to girl students) to Yuvashree scheme (giving monthly aid of Rs 1,500 to unemployed youths till they find employment) to grants and aid to farmers like power tillers and tractors- we are helping everyone."
"We have set up schools and colleges for north Bengal. Institutes like St Xavier's College have set up branches here.Several industries are coming up in north Bengal. The surge of development will continue," the chief minister said.

TMC dubs Shah’s rally as flop show
Trinamool Congress dubbed the rally addressed by BJP President Amit Shah in Burdwan in West Bengal on Tuesday as a ‘flop show’.

It also rubbished the ‘tall claim’ made by Shah that the ruling party in West Bengal will be uprooted by BJP in 2016. TMC Secretary General and state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said, “I hope Amit babu (Amit Shah) has understood it is difficult for lotus to bloom in Bengal.” “People who have no capacity to grow shapla (water lily) are talking of lotus blooming in Bengal. BJP’s campaign is based on only propaganda.

They want to uproot TMC from power through missed calls. Mamata Banerjee has a long history of struggle and people’s movements in Bengal. BJP has no such history,” he added. “His rally was a flop show. The main speaker’s speech lasted only a few minutes. The political culture of Bengal has no place for bad utterances like bhaag bhaag (run..run),” he said, while slamming BJP National Secretary Siddharth Nath Singh’s comment at the rally that it will be ‘Bhaag Mamata Banerjee Bhaag in 2016’.
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