Union Minister Babul Supriyo hit out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after she attacked the Central government for allegedly scaring away industrialists from investing in the state.
Speaking at the India Today Conclave East 2017 in Kolkata today, Mamata Banerjee said, “You (the Centre) tell companies not to invest in West Bengal. They say not to go to Bengal. Our projects are pending. Why are these projects not being cleared?”
Mamata added there is a “super emergency” in the country and every industrialist was under the scanner.
Speaking to India Today, Babul Supriyo accused Mamata Banerjee of being responsible herself for industries turning away from the state.
“She is holding on to her vote-bank politics by creating utter confusion around land acquisition. West Bengal probably is the only state with no clarity on how land can be acquired by industrialists. She insists industrialists have to purchase land from individual land-owners,” the minister said.
Supriyo added that Mamata Banerjee’s lies stand exposed now, since she earlier claimed that State Finance Minister Dr Amit Mitra had secured Rs 2 lakh crore investments for the state.
At the India Today Conclave, Mamata Banerjee accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being Tughlaq-like and said an ill-prepared GST law was thrust upon the country.
“Amit Mitra is only one person. He cannot do much. GST was passed with voice vote in Parliament. We just said don’t pass the GST in a hurry. Are you Mohammad bin Tughlaq? Can you do whatever you like?” Mamata asked of the Centre.
Babul Supriyo dismissed it as Mamata’s political frustration, who he said was unable to stitch together a Third Front in opposition to the Bharatiya Janata Party despite doing the rounds of Lucknow, Patna and even Mumbai to meet the Thackerays.
“It’s very easy to react to these things but by making such statements, she is tarnishing her own long political career,” quipped Supriyo.