Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata
Banerjee on Tuesday accused the previous Left Front government in
the state of indulging in "extreme corruption" and claimed it
had hidden several important files.
"As each day passes, we are discovering that more files
are missing. To hide these files is big crime. In many cases,
money had been spent on projects without floating tenders. We
are having to conduct audits into it. There was extreme
corruption," Banerjee said at a press conference.
Referring to the police firing on Forward Bloc
activists at Dinhata in Cooch Behar district, she asked,
"Where are the files on the inquiry into the incident?"
"Because the inquiry report went against the
government, the files have been hidden in the (CPI-M) party
office," she claimed.
Maintaining that there had not been any internal audit
in the Information and Cultural Affairs department which was
held by the then Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, she
said, "There are numerous instances where proper accounting
had not been done in a number of departments."
Banerjee said the previous government had set up
several Transport Corporations and recruited employees there
without government approval.
Referring to allegations made by Bhattacharjee and
CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose yesterday that the new
government had not been able to attract new investment,
Banerjee said the previous government had not implemented any
proposal on investment.
"The allegation is totally false. No company has come
either in Nayachar, Jellingham or Sunderbans," Banerjee said.
She said her government was having to deal with the
technical hurdles left by the previous government regarding
the proposed 10 million tonne steel plant at Salboni.
"(The previous government) had done nothing other than
sanction the coal block. Because there was money involved,"