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Mamata Banerjee at her best: criticises UPA; invites investors
It was the occasion of annual general meeting of the industry body FICCI and the Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee was simply at her best when she left no stone unturned in criticising the old friend-turned foe, the UPA government and also spoke her heart out to woo the business community for investing in her state.

CLAD IN her iconic saree with stole on her shoulders to tackle the Delhi’s winters, Mamata Banerjee filled the atmosphere with warmth when she started speaking.

Not openly, but in a wielded attack, she indicated that the UPA government is in revenge taking mood when she said in straight forward words that the central government is not taking care of the people of West Bengal. Banerjee criticized the Congress-led government for not bailing out her state from financial problems stemming from its high debt.

“Don’t you think it is the duty of the Centre to take care of (West Bengal’s financial issues) when my hands are tied and we cannot take loan, and the RBI simply draws Rs. 26,000 crore from our account annually?” asked Banerjee.

Taking dig at political parties and politicians, the Bengal CM said that there are good and bad politicians both in the country but later’s population is more. “There is nothing to hide. There are good and bad politicians both. But the number of bad politicians is larger, no doubt in it,” said a smiling Banerjee.

Noticing the presence of house packed national media, she didn’t also forget to register her displeasure over the anti-state government stories appearing in the national media. “The anti-government stories are spoon-fed to the media by those who have some vested interests,” she accused.

Banerjee was at FICCI, basically to woo investors to her state. However, it seems she got prompted by the speech of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh who heavily criticized opposition parties for protesting against the FDI. Notably Banerjee pulled out from the government on the issue of FDI in multi-brand retail while terming it anti-people.

Banerjee, who was largely remembered by the business community as the one who forced Tatas out of the state, this time put her best efforts to attract businessmen to her state to set up ventures. “Earlier, there were 99 pages describing the processes to be followed before setting up any venture in West Bengal. I have now reduced it to mere seven pages,” Banerjee pointed out to show the flexibility of her state towards industry.

She said that the industry will have no problem in getting land, power and security in Bengal, if they want to make investments in the state. “We have land surplus, we have power surplus and there is no law and order problem you will face,” Banerjee addressed the industry people.

The chief minister invited business community to invest in textile, education, cold chains and many other sectors. She said that the government is also in the process of developing tourism industry in the state by creating numerous tourism spots all over the Bengal.

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