West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has held the Centre responsible for the industrial lag in the state. Mamata’s attack on the Centre also marked an escalation of the Bengal government’s confrontation with the Centre.
Mamata said that the Centre was responsible for blocking Haldia's industrial expansion. She further said that the Central government clamped a ban on industries in Haldia and Asansol on environmental grounds despite her government undertaking a huge plantation programme in the area to cut down on pollution.
Mamata said that the she has proposed an eco-tourism project at Nayachar but the Centre is not giving the environment clearance required for the project. She also wondered why the Centre is not lifting the ban on industry in Haldia. It had tagged Haldia and Asansol as ‘critically polluted’ in 2010. She said, “Soon after coming to power, we undertook a plantation programme in Haldia to bring down the pollution level. We have already written to the Centre to lift the ban, but are yet to get a reply”. The CM also announced plans of inaugurating three industrial projects in Haldia.
Arvind Kejriwal, who alleged that Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra was given an unsecured, interest-free loan of Rs 65 crore by DLF, is, on Tuesday, likely to come up with some fresh evidence.
After his allegations against Vadra created a storm, Kejriwal had said that he had more evidence of Vadra’s deals with realty major DLF. Kejriwal has accused Vadra, of many such deals because of his closeness to the Congress high command.
The fresh evidence is expected to come out a day after the political spat over the assets of Vadra continued with the party saying that Kejriwal had no documents to prove his charges.
Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi has hit out at activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal over his allegations on Sonia Gandhi's son in law Robert Vadra. He said the allegations are totally baseless. His attack, which was done purposely, was not an attack on an individual person.
''This was an attack on the Congress party. The people who put allegations on us said that black money of Congress is involved. As far as investigations are concerned, did they request the government to conduct an inquiry? Did they lodge an FIR; did they go to any agency for any inquiry?'', asked Alvi.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has criticized the government’s proposed plan to hike the rail fares and pointed the Manmohan Singh government as a ‘government of expense”.
Adding on to the government’s proposal on rail fare hike, the BJP spokesperson said that the government had already hiked the petrol, diesel and gas prices, a hike in rail tariffs would lead to rise in inflation and would be a burden on the common people.