Storm derails Rahul rally, Mamata counters charges

Even as Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi alleged that central funds sent to West Bengal did not reach the beneficiaries and the state had missed the development bus, the state’s chief minister Mamata Banerjee countered that the UPA-II government deducted a phenomenal Rs 76,702 crore on account of loans incurred by the erstwhile CPI(M) government.

‘Moreover, the Centre has not provided us the due share of tax revenue and state plan budget fund,’ accused Banerjee on her Facebook page on Tuesday.

Gandhi, whose Shahid Minar rally in Kolkata was derailed by a storm in the afternoon, said: ‘People had hoped the new government will work for development, for education, for creating jobs and employment, but unfortunately the Trinamool government has done the same thing for which it fought against the communists.’

Banerjee, meanwhile, explained how an amount of Rs 1400 crore was not paid by the UPA government under the 100-day job scheme meant for the needy and the poor. The Congress parliamentarian criticised the lack of infrastructure in the region., ‘What kind of roads has the Bengal government given you? When there are no proper roads, no schools, no hospitals, it’s you who have to suffer. We send crores of rupees to the Bengal government. It’s your money and not for the MPs and MLAs here. But the sad fact is, this money reaches Kolkata but not you,’ he said.

Several Congress leaders had gathered at Shahid Minar to listen to Gandhi and were disappointed because the rally was derailed due to inclement weather.
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