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Mamata Banerjee criticizes GoI over fuel price hike, accuses BJP of ‘looting’ people

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West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. [File Photo]

New Delhi: Hitting out at the Government of India over hike in domestic gas and fuel prices, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday accused the BJP-led government of “looting” the common people.

She also accused the Narendra Modi government of engineering communal disturbances to divert people’s attention from issues affecting them such as price rise.

“The Centre is looting the common people by hiking prices of domestic gas, petrol and diesel It’s an anti-people government. They have earned over Rs 17 lakh crore by raising fuel and gas prices,” Banerjee claimed at a Trinamool Congress programme at Medinipur College grounds in Mindapore West Bengal, PTI reported.

She maintained that the GoI was not releasing funds to Bengal under the MGNREGA and PM Awas Yojana (PMAY), as a result of which the state government was unable to make payments to the beneficiaries.

“Organise demonstrations in every block demanding the release of the funds by the Union government, the report quotes TMC chief further saying.

Banerjee also announced a new slogan at the meeting – Ami Noi Amra’ (Not me, we) – and asserted that those TMC workers who work to fulfill their own interests should stay at home and are not welcome in the party.

Work for the people and stand beside them, Banerjee, who is on a tour of the western district added.

 

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