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Mamata threatens action if Bengal refused loan waiver

October 03, 2013 16:43 IST

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has threatened to take the fight against the Centre's 'economic deprivation' of the state to the streets of Delhi, on Thursday slammed the United Progressive Alliance government for not acceding to its repeated request for loan repayment restructuring.

“When the Left Front government was in power, it was allowed to take loans.

“You (the Centre) have allowed them to take loans for which we are suffering.

“You are not giving us a single paise.

“I am happy that you are helping other states, I love all states.

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Image: Mamata Banerjee.
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“But why you are stopping finances for Bengal and trying to economically deprive Bengal?" Banerjee asked at a state government programme here to give unemployment allowance.

"Remember that there is no use trying to economically deprive us.

“We will not bow down. We do not accept blackmailing.

“We can move on keeping our heads high.

“We will not allow Bengal to be deprived. We will fight for what is ours." she said.

Banerjee said her government had been requesting the Centre for long for loan repayment restructuring.


Image: This file photograph shows chief of Congress party Sonia Gandhi (right) listening to West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee during an election campaign rally in Lalgola on April 27, 2009.
Photographs: Jayanta Shaw/Reuters

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"We are suffering for the sins committed by the previous government.

“A sum of Rs 25,000 crore (Rs 250 billion) is being taken away from the state exchequer by the Centre as interest payment for the loans," she said, adding West Bengal was the number one debt stressed state in the country.

Last Monday, she termed the Centre's silence over loan repayment restructuring as a 'political vendetta' to ruin Bengal.

She had said it was her final 'appeal' and she would lead demonstrations in New Delhi with 1 crore (10 million) people.

 


Image: This file photograph shows a man sleeping in front of graffiti in Kolkata on April 30, 2009.
Photographs: Jayanta Shaw/Reuters

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