BJP slams Mamata, says her claim 'absolutely wrong'

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Kolkata, Jan 11: BJP on Sunday slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and termed as "absolutely wrong" her claim that the state has received total investment proposals worth around Rs 2.43 lakh crore during the recent Bengal Global Business Summit.

"The Chief Minister's claim is absolutely wrong and there is a gulf of difference between the reality and what she has claimed," BJP state president Rahul Sinha told reporters.

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"The statistics of the proposed investment that the CM has claimed revealed that out of investment proposals worth Rs 2.43 lakh crore, proposals worth Rs 1.14 lakh crore alone would come from the Centre through its various departments."

There was, he said, a proposal for investment of Rs 77,000 crore for over 1,600 acres for housing and an investment worth Rs 7,000 crore for industrial park, which could never be described as industry.

Only some proposals for investment worth Rs 36,000 crore had been mentioned but no details were announced during the summit, which the BJP leader alleged described as "nothing but a bluff at the cost of public money."

"Such a summit has no comparison with Vibrant Gujarat as it totally failed to draw major investors from the country and abroad.

"Let the West Bengal government first touch the investment records achieved by Chhattisgarh before comparing it with Gujarat, where a large number of business tycoons from the country and abroad have attended with a positive mood for investment," he said.

Sinha also criticised the chief minister for distributing cash assistance of Rs 105 crore among 7,000 clubs at a function yesterday ahead of the civic polls in the state.

TMC, he claimed, was fast losing its mass base and facing an erosion in the party because of involvement of many of its leaders in Saradha scam.

"TMC is now trying to make blackmoney white by transferring fund from fake accounts to party account describing them as donations," he alleged. 

PTI

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