Singhvi slams Mamata, claims Centre gave Rs 7,800 cr

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Mamata Banerjee
Kolkata, Feb 6: Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi on Sunday rubbished West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's statement that the state was not given enough financial support from the Centre. He said that the Centre had already allotted Rs 7,800 crore to the state since her government took over the reins.

Mamata has been complaining of financial negligence from the Centre's side and had claimed, “the Centre has not given us anything.”

While reacting to Mamata's complaints, Singhvi told the media, “In such a short span of time, Rs. 7,800 crore has been allocated to the State. If there are any shortfalls, those can certainly be discussed. But it would be wrong to say that the Centre is not extending support or paying attention or allocating resources.”

Mamata had claimed that the state was given assurances, but funds were not being released for the state's development.

“The Centre has not given us anything. Before the election, the Prime Minister had said that the State will get help. I have held five meetings with Pranab Mukherjee... Nothing has happened,” she had said.

If the state government wanted to draw Centre's attention over any particular issue, then action would have been taken, said Singhvi in response to her claims.

"If the party doesn't criticize the state government on the issues which effect the common man then it would be a betrayal to the confidence reposed on us by the people of Bengal.

"We have criticised it as we wanted to improve the administrative functioning and governance. We will raise our voice against it in the coming days also. Nobody should take it negatively, because it is constructive criticism," Singhvi added.

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