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Mamata slams Centre again for not helping Bengal

india Updated: Mar 10, 2012 17:12 IST

Raising the charge that the Centre was not financially assisting her government once again, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said that 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, Banerjee said she only 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 of a waiting room at the state-run BC Roy Children's Hospital.

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.