Hours after the two-day Bengal Global Business Summit concluded on Thursday, BJP national secretary and observer for West Bengal, Siddharth Nath Singh, said a major part of the investment claimed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had come from the Centre.
“I wish the summit all the best but wonder why has it been called Bengal Global Summit. The CM had claimed memorandum of associations worth Rs 93,000 crore on the first day of the summit. But isn’t is correct that out of that, Rs 78,700 crore had come from the Centre? The summit should have been called Centre Aid Summit instead,” ,” Singh told mediapersons.
He added: “But still we are committed and as the state observer, I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the support he has extended to Bengal.”
Referring to Mamata’s visit to Bangladesh on February 21 as the guest of honour at Bhasa Divas celebrations, Singh — citing newspaper reports — said: “Your (Mamata) MP has been linked with the leader of a banned terror outfit in Bangladesh, which had been behind the 2005 serial blasts in Bangladesh. Reports also state that money is going into sponsoring terror in Bangladesh and India and in the last two years, when Trinamool was in power, Rs 75 crore had exchanged hands.”
Singh demanded that Mamata should clarify on her MP’s “link” with terror groups. “The money was used to promote terror in Bangladesh. Will it not be an embarrassment?… Please think about it before you step into the soil of Bangladesh,” he said.
Asked if the Centre would advice Mamata on what India would like to tell Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Singh said: “Mamata is a seasoned politician and the chief minister of a state. She knows what to ask the PM of Bangladesh.”