‘Bengal deprived and humiliated’

Mamata: We are not beggars, want legitimate rights

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: July 9, 2014 8:48 am
mamta Mamata, a former railway minister, had approved 16 rail projects and proposed 300 new trains for Bengal.

Slamming the move to bring in FDI in Railways as an attempt to sell out the country, West Bengal Chief Minister Tuesday accused the Narendra Modi-led government at Centre of “humiliating” her state by “depriving and neglecting” it in the Railway Budget.

“West Bengal has never been so deprived and neglected. It has been humiliated by the new government,” Mamata told an administrative meeting in Hooghly district.

Alleging a vindictive attitude towards the state, Mamata said, “Only one weekly express train has been given for Bengal. I ask that it be withdrawn. We are not beggars. We do not want alms from the Centre. We want our legitimate rights,” she said.

Mamata, a former railway minister, said that she had approved 16 rail projects and proposed 300 new trains for the state. “I am anguished. I am angry. Had I been there in Parliament today, I cannot imagine what I would have done,” she said, adding that the Trinamool MPs are protesting in Parliament against the Railway Budget. “We will not sit idle if Bengal is neglected,” she added.

The Trinamool supremo also alleged that several projects in the budget presented by Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda had already been proposed by her when she was the railway minister.

An angry Mamata also posted an update in Bengali on social networking site Facebook. “Have you ever seen such humiliation and deprivation? Conscience cannot be bought with money. Politics is about public service,” she said, adding that other states, including Bihar, Orissa and Tamil Nadu —- states ruled by political parties that are not a part of the NDA —- have also been neglected in the Railway Budget.

Criticising the move to open the Railways for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Public Private Partnership (PPP) to meet the resource crunch, the Trinamool supremo said, “Why did they not tell the people earlier of bringing FDI in defence and Railways. Why now after the elections? They want to sell off the country.”

She said the BJP’s real face was getting exposed as they are doing what the earlier UPA government did. “They have hiked rail fares by 14.5 per cent in just one month. They want to hike fares every time the fuel prices are increased,” she said.

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  1. S
    Jul 9, 2014 at 1:41 am
    Who is Mamta? Werent she and her goons ed during the national elections? The next state elections, she will go to become a no-one from CM. Wait and watch!
  2. S
    Jul 9, 2014 at 7:50 am
    Mamta Bannerji should remember that India is not Bengal, there are 27 more states. When she was rly minister, she only remembered Bengal and forgot the rest.
  3. S
    Subhash Bennur
    Jul 9, 2014 at 4:56 am
    Mamath didi, Enough of your rants. Do know that as many as 67 years North east, J & K was neglected. When u were Railway minister you had hogged as many as 16 projects and 300 new trains. Did any other thunder and rant like you. Enough of this nonsense. You and your troop of MP`s rant not just in W.Bengal but also in parliament . Mamatha didi, For heaven`s sake look inwards work better and improve efficiency in w.bengal.
  4. S
    Subhash Bennur
    Jul 11, 2014 at 3:02 am
    You are on dot!
  5. A
    Jul 9, 2014 at 2:46 am
    Whenever on-line version of this daily is clicked open the reader is greeted with a spate of ographic visuals.So rename your daily as The Indian ographic Express.What a pity!Such is the condition of this daily you have to attract readers by splashing the site with most obscene pictures to start with.Shame on you!
  6. D
    Jul 9, 2014 at 4:49 am
    The worst Chief Minister ever in India in last 67 years.
  7. A
    Jul 9, 2014 at 8:40 am
    when this minister who deprived w of india other than bengal, what was that. was it not humiliation. You have enough trains in your region. let others get their due.
  8. P
    Jul 9, 2014 at 9:11 am
    West Bengal has only itself to blame. Mamata B is running the state like her own little Communist fiefdom. Due to her won connivance and vote bank politics, the state is now nearly annexed by Bangladesh.I can't see why the rest of the country has to subsidise her failed economic, social and immigration policies.The longer TMC rules, the further the State will slide into poverty and riven by anti-Hindu politics.
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