"After Independence, Congress was at the helm of power for most of the years. Few years were taken away by BJP. It has divided India between the very rich and poor," Bhattacharjee said at a women's rally here.
Stating that both Prime Minister and Finance Minister were harping on India's progress in terms of GDP growth he asked, "What kind of a growth is this? It is making the rich become richer and poor poorer. People are losing jobs." Accusing the Central government of being "useless", Bhattacharjee said the foodgrains were being allowed to rot in godowns.
"We had asked the Centre to release those foodgrains to the poor through the PDS... even the Supreme Court had said so," he said, adding that on the top of this the prices of
foodgrains were increasing.
He said the state government had decided to provide rice, sugar, pulses and edible oil to the poor through the PDS. Bhattacharjee said while the Centre was helping the
industrialists it was not giving any subsidy to the poor.
Kolkata: Attacking the Centre, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Friday said "misrule" of the Congress had divided the country between rich and poor.
First Published: Friday, October 01, 2010, 21:40