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Centre destroying federalism: Mamata

Funding for most central schemes has either been stopped or state's responsibilities increased, she says

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Jul 21 2016 6:20PM | Updated Date: Jul 21 2016 6:20PM

Centre destroying federalism: Mamata

 Accusing Union Government of abolishing federalism and pushing the states towards destruction, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday tiik a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking credit for development carried out by her government.

While, addressing a rally in Kolkata, she also accused the Modi government of unleashing central agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Department (ED) that, she said, led to over 80,000 industrialists leaving the country.
"The Centre is interfering in everything. It is destroying the federal structure. We too are an elected government and the Constitution has specified both the Centre and the state's roles. But they are interfering in our working and constantly threatening us," Banerje said. 
"Because of the Centre's erroneous polices, the states have been pushed towards destruction. The Centre must remember that it is because of the states that the Centre is existing," said Banerjee.
Taking a jibe at Centre’s schemes like 'Swachh Bharat' campaign, the Trinamool chief claimed that funding for most of the central schemes has either been stopped or the state's responsibilities increased. 
"Centre is doing nothing, but taking credit for everything through advertisements. It is the state government which is carrying out development, but the entire credit is going to Modi," Banerjee said.
"Modi keeps talking about 'Swachh Bharat', but where is the cleanliness? The cleanliness is only in the advertisements. When it comes to actual work, it is Bengal. Four of our districts are leading the country in cleanliness," she said.
"Their MPs are adopting only a few villages under the Adarsh Gram Yojana, but it is being projected as if they have adopted all the villages. This is nothing but fooling the people," said Banerjee.
The West Bengal chief minister also said that funds for at least 39 central schemes have been stopped while in 59 other schemes, the state's contribution has been enhanced from 10 to 90 per cent.