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Mamata defends expense for advertisements

india Updated: Apr 26, 2010 12:16 IST
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Railway minister Mamata Banerjee has defended the expenditure in advertisments for organising railway programmes and pilloried the CPI(M) for trying to make an issue out of it.

"We have every right to advertise. You (CPI-M) publish advertisements without doing any work. You are angry with us because we work," Banerjee said at the inauguration of a new railway line between this pilgrim town and Talpur in Hooghly district.

She said Indian Railways had taken up a large number of projects, many of which had been completed and that was why the railway published its success stories through advertisements.

Banerjee said the Left Front government had published advertisements in newspapers claiming successful implementation of projects which were far from complete.

"We are part and parcel of the UPA and will keep on working. If necessary I will provide clarifications on the expenses," she said at the function on Sunday.

The project had been started during Banerjee's earlier stint as railway minister in the NDA government. She said when she took over the Railways again in 2009 she learnt that it had made little progress.

Blaming the CPI(M) for not getting the project completed, she said, "You were part of UPA-I. Why didn't you exert pressure to get the project completed? Just because you have not done anything, do you expect me to do the same? You cannot stop me from working."

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