June 1, 2009

Yechury slams Mamata’s statement

New Delhi, 31st May: Communist Party of India (Marxist) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury on Saturday attacked Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee for reportedly asking the Centre not to assist West Bengal government in relief and rehabilitation of the cyclone victims.

“The fact is the obstacles for industrialisation in Bengal that the Trinamool Congress has created so far, they are going to be intensified with them being in the Union Cabinet. And it has reached such an absurd level that on Saturday the media reports that Ms. Mamata Banerjee has asked the Central government not to give assistance to West Bengal for cyclone damage,” Mr. Yechury said here.

He said the opposition to CPI(M) and the Left Front in Bengal was “leading to a situation when the Trinamool is even stopping the relief to the people devastated by Aila cyclone.

“As a Cabinet Minister, she is saying do not give money to West Bengal for relief and rehabilitation. So this is the level to which it has reached. This is something we have to as a political party fight,” Mr. Yechury said.

The reports said that Ms. Banerjee wanted the Centre not to accept Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s demand for Rs.1,000-crore Central assistance to help the State repair the damage caused by the cyclone, alleging shoddy utilisation of funds. — PTI

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