Mamta Banerjee politicians
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee accused the center of denying Bengal of funds to fight the cyclone. She said the funds Bengal received were insufficient compared to the funds received by Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.
“We had a meeting with Amit Shah-Ji this morning. The Centre provides more than Rs 600-crore each to Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, and only Rs 400 crore-something to Bengal to fight Cyclone Yaas. This is money being paid in advance, something the states are supposed to get. This is”t extra…At the meeting, I sought to know why Bengal, despite being a bigger state than Odisha and Andhra Pradesh — both in terms of population density and number of districts — is getting less? Why are we being deprived repeatedly?” Banerjee told reporters.
“Odisha and Andhra Pradesh are my sister states. I do not have any problem with what the Centre is offering to them. That said, can you compare UP with Pondicherry? It depends on the population density, history, geography, and the boundaries,” she said.
Banerjee said that Mr. Amit Shah replied to her argument, stating that “scientific views are considered” before taking such decisions.
“The home minister told me that the matter would be discussed later. He also said that it depends on the scientific view… I did not reply to that because I have knowledge about political science, but not much on this subject,” she said, in an apparent dig at Shah.
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