Centre not helping West Bengal: Buddhadeb

West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today said that his government was not getting funds from the Centre for the development of the state and accused opposition Trinamool of blocking development efforts.

Updated: Oct 10, 2010, 23:47 PM IST

Burdwan: West Bengal Chief Minister
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today said that his government was not
getting funds from the Centre for the development of the state
and accused opposition Trinamool Congress of blocking
development efforts.

The Chief Minister said he had held meetings with the
Central government many times on the requirement of funds, but
there was no result.

"I have even told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that
inflation has increased and therefore the state needs funds.
But nothing has happened yet," Bhattacharjee told a rally at
Andal in Burdwan district.

Taking a dig at Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee,
Bhattacharjee alleged that the opposition was trying to
disrupt development in the state.

"We are trying to bring about development in the state.
But Trinamool creates trouble everywhere. They are disrupting
development by protesting on some issue or the other. They
are stopping us from developing the state," he said.

Giving the example of Singur, Bhattacharjee said if the
Nano factory had taken shape there, it would have opened the
floodgates of new industry in the district.

He also referred to Katwa in Burdwan district where
construction of a power plant had been consistently opposed by
the Trinamool Congress.

He, however, saw a silver lining in the scheduled
reopening of the MAMC factory in Durgapur next December after
lying closed for many years and fresh investment in the
Durgapur Steel Plant.

Similarly, he foresaw heightened industrial activity at
Panagarh and Andal where the aerotropolis project is coming
up.

Comparing development of India with China, he said that
China had raced ahead of India due to its right policies.

"Look at China. They have gone ahead of us. There is no
unemployment or poverty. Even America is afraid of the
Chinese, but we go and beg before America," he said.

On Mamata Banerjee`s recent allegations that the CPI(M)
was trying to kill her, the chief minister called it a pack of
lies. "She has said it many times that we are trying to kill
her. By saying so, she is playing the politics of lies. She
keeps lying."

PTI