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CPI (M) driving West Bengal to bankruptcy, says Trinamool

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KOLKATA: With the Assembly elections in West Bengal drawing near, the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front government is announcing policies and projects that will have a detrimental effect on the economy of the debt-ridden State and push it further into bankruptcy, alleged senior Trinamool Congress leader and Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Partha Chatterjee here on Tuesday.

“These declarations are being made by the CPI(M) government at the fag end of their tenure, especially when the State is facing a debt of about Rs. 2 lakh crores. They should desist from taking such financial decisions which will have a repercussion and certainly add to the present debt,” Mr. Chatterjee told journalists.

Alleging that the State government was indulging in a “harmful fiscal policy” and “making promises that are merely bluffs”, Mr. Chatterjee said that despite the debt situation, the government was using public funds for issuing advertisements to promote the Left Front ahead of the polls.

The Left Front government is indulging in a scam of giving jobs to gather votes, making decisions to distribute land in cabinet meeting held every other day and indulging in several other financial irregularities, he added.

“All financial decisions taken by the present government will be reviewed by the government that is to come to power. There is no compulsion that these announcements – made on the threshold of the elections – will have to be accepted by future governments,” he added.

Mr. Chatterjee said the Trinamool Congress had already written to the State Governor, M. K. Narayanan, and the Election Commission on the matter.

Asked about the decision of the State government to appeal against the order of the Calcutta High Court for a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the firing at Netai village in Paschim Medinipur district in which nine persons were killed, Mr. Chatterjee said that it was because the government was “shameless.”

“Earlier when we had wanted a CBI investigation in Singur, this government had also resisted it. Ultimately they were forced to accept a CBI investigation…..Why does the government fear a CBI probe? Everyone has accepted the High Court order, but they refuse to do so,” Mr. Chatterjee said.

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