Kolkata, July 21 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday asserted that her Trinamool Congress will fight the Narendra Modi-led central government over the “injustice with and neglect of the state”.
“Our fight has not ended. Earlier, our fight was against the CPI-M; now, it is against the Centre. Our fight is against the wrong principles, against injustice, against the fact that the Centre has stopped giving funds, against the neglect of Bengal,” Banerje said at a Trinamool Congress rally here.
Calling upon her party workers to put up a dignified fight against the central government, she said: “This fight will spread from the soil of Bengal to Delhi.”
“In the days to come, Trinamool will bell the cat when it comes to those who are fomenting riots in Bengal,” Banerjee said during her address at the Martyrs’ Day rally.
The rally is held in memory of the 13 Congress workers killed in police firing on this day in 1993 during a Writers’ Buildings (state secretariat) blockade agitation.
Banerjee was then a Youth Congress leader and the Communist Party of India-Marxist led Left Front was in power in West Bengal.
Firing more salvos at the Centre, the Trinamool Congress supremo ridiculed its allocations for schemes for women’s empowerment.
“The Centre has started ‘Beti Padhao’ scheme. They have allotted only Rs.100 crore. We allotted Rs.1,000 crore for ‘Kanyashree’. Ours is ‘Beti Bachao’, their scheme is ‘Beti Hatao’ not bachao’,” she said.
Mamata Banerjee also attacked the Centre for publicising its ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign.
“Today, everybody is proud of Bengal; we are getting recognition from across the world, be it the United Nations or Unesco or the World Bank. Delhi is promoting ‘Swacch Bharat’, but Bengal has already done it,” she said referring to the UN award for state’s Nadia district’s open defecation-free campaign.
She exhorted her party cadres to strengthen the party before the 2016 assembly polls and cautioned against falling prey to conspiracies hatched by others.
Lashing out at the CPI-M, which the Trinamool Congress ousted from power in the 2011 assembly polls, Banerjee accused its leaders of selling the Left party to the BJP.