West Bengal Chief Minister and former railway minister Mamata Banerjee came down heavily on the Narendra Modi-led NDA government on Tuesday for not providing enough facilities in the Rail Budget 2014, saying that the exercise had ‘neglected and humiliated’ her state completely.
“Whatever we had promised, we have done. But the Modi government has done nothing. West Bengal has been given nothing, are we beggars? NDA govt believes that it cannot be critisised,” said Mamata.
Criticising the NDA government over bringing FDI in infrastructure projects during the Railway Budget, she said, “So many bluffs have been given before the elections. Why they did not tell the people earlier of bringing FDI in defence and railways. Why now after the elections?”
The West Bengal CM was addressing a government programme here in Hooghly district. Further alleging a vindictive attitude toward West Bengal, Banerjee said, “It has been neglected and humiliated by the new government. Only one weekly express train has been given for Bengal. I ask that it be withdrawn. We are not beggars. We fight for our rights. We do not compromise.”
“Look at the website of the Railways. Nothing new has been announced in this budget,” Mamata added.
Stating that other states, including Bihar and Odisha, should also get benefits, she said, “Benefits should be equally distributed. Why is West Bengal being neglected and deprived?”
“Has anyone seen such neglect and humiliation ever? If Bengal is neglected we do not keep quiet,” she said at the programme to deliver sops for the weaker sections of the people.
Banerjee further added that she had approved 16 rail projects for her state and proposed 300 new trains for the state when she was the railway minister.
“Today my heart is burning. It is fortunate that I am not there in the Rajya Sabha or Lok Sabha. I do not know what I would have done had I been there,” the Trinamool Congress supremo added.
Further hitting out at the previous Congress-led UPA government, Mamata said that it had deprived West Bengal of assistance and the present NDA government is also following the same foot-steps.