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Bengal ruined,no help from Centre: Mamata

“None would have bought the state we are running — ruined and bankrupt after 35 years of Left Front — even at an auction,” the chief minister said.

Accusing the Centre of not financially assisting her government once again,West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said she was running a “ruined state which none would have bought even at an auction”.

“None would have bought the state we are running — ruined and bankrupt after 35 years of Left Front — even at an auction,” the chief minister said.

Claiming that the Centre had not sanctioned a “single paise” to help the state,Mamata said only she knew how difficult it was to run a government without any financial assistance. “They (Centre) are taking away Rs 22,000 crore from our treasury as interest and repayment for the huge debt burden the Left Front left behind while our revenue collection is Rs 21,000 crore,” she said.

“Where shall we get the money? We inherited empty coffers when we took over. Am I a god that I can wish for what I want?” she asked,while laying the foundation stone for a night shelter for relatives of patients at the

B C Roy Children’s Hospital.

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She pointed out that despite the acute funds crunch,government employees were getting their salary every month. Union minister of State for Health Sudip Bandopadhyay was present at the function.

Dismissing allegations of increasing crib deaths at state-run hospitals ,she said,“When we assumed office in Bengal,the rate of crib deaths was around 42 per cent. After the new government started working,the death rate is 30 per cent.”

“The Left Front government did not do anything to develop children’s health. There were only ‘sick’ children’s hospitals. The new government has set up 19 children’s hospitals in the last nine months. All these hospitals are operational now. Five hospitals are under construction and we have plans for 40 more,” said the chief minister.