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BJP: CM’s investment figure a bluff

Of the claimed 2.43 lakh crore, Rs 1.14 lakh crore would come from the Central government.

Slamming Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s claim that her government secured investment proposals worth Rs 2.43 lakh crore during the recent Bengal Global Business Summit, the BJP on Sunday said the figure is “not true”.
“There is a gulf of difference between the reality and what she has claimed,” BJP state president Rahul Sinha told reporters here.

“Of the 2.43 lakh crore which the CM claimed has come as investment, Rs 1.14 lakh crore would come from the Central government. Moreover, investment proposals of Rs 77,000 crore (meant for 1,600 acres of land for a housing project) and Rs 7,000 crore (for industrial park) cannot be called industry,” Sinha said at a press conference where a number of screen, theatre and sports personalities joined the BJP.

Only some proposals for investment worth Rs 36,000 crore had been mentioned but no details were announced during the summit, which the BJP leader said is “nothing but a bluff to fool people.”

“The summit is an eyewash, with a twin objective to fool people and to compete with Vibrant Gujarat. Let her government first touch the investment records achieved by Chhattisgarh before comparing it with Gujarat,” he said.
Sinha also criticised the chief minister for distributing cash assistance of Rs 105 crore among 7,000 clubs at a function on Saturday ahead of the civic polls in the state.

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“Instead of that the money should have been used in the development of infrastructure and health services. But she would rather give money to clubs and imams. She has lost her mental balance. She should first try to stop the industries from leaving the state and then create an environment for them,” he said.

“TMC is now trying to turn black money into white by transferring funds from fake accounts to party account describing them as donations,” he alleged. Referring to TMC’s income statement to Election Commission during the last parliamentary election, Sinha claimed, “It was an entirely wrong submission. We will lodge a complaint with the EC.”

Leader of Opposition Surya Kanta Mishra said for the industries to come here, Mamata first need to go.

With inputs from PTI

First published on: 12-01-2015 at 01:16 IST
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