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Left sabotaging efforts to rebuild economy: Mamata

Last updated on: July 1, 2011 17:17 IST

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday charged Communist Party of India-Marxist with trying to 'sabotage' her efforts to 'rebuild the state's economy which was in ruins'.

Speaking at a function to observe the birth anniversary of state's former chief minister Bidhan Chandra Roy, she said, "We are trying to rebuild the state from a scratch. We believe in construction and not in destruction and we will rebuild Bengal."

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According to her, "CPI-M is trying to sabotage all efforts to rebuild a ruined economy of the state."

Banerjee said the previous government had left a backlog of salary arrears of government employees for six months and her government is in a difficult situation to arrange for the funds.

"We want to rebuild Bengal on the path shown by late B C Roy and his ideals will be guiding us," she said.

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Image: Mamata Banerjee at a rally in Singur.
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CPI-M has been "doing all politics for the last 34 years at the cost of the state's development and encouraged party politics in all spheres of life", she said.

"This party totally politicised the administration and this proves a hurdle before us.

"The party did nothing to develop education and health sectors.

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Image: Labourers eat at the site of a residential estate under construction in Kolkata.
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"This non-performance has its reflections in all other spheres of life," Banerjee said referring to deaths of 18 children in the state-run B C Roy children's hospital.

Banerjee, who holds the health portfolio, said, "It is a matter of surprise that poor people trekked from remote villages with their sick children to get treatment in state-run hospitals which refused them admission."

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She wondered if the former chief minister and former health minister ever thought about poor people who were denied basic medical facilities in state-run hospitals during Left rule.

She expressed her government's determination to 'totally revamp' the health infrastructure and reach medical services to remote places.

"Diagnostic centres will be opened at block-level and efforts will be mounted to set up super-speciality hospitals in districts," Banerjee said.


Image: Congress President Sonia Gandhi (L-R), Mamata Banerjee and Pranab Mukherjee.
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