Speaking at a rally in Jangalmahal region, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday claimed that she was delivering “good governance” to the people.

“I can love the people on the one hand and can also deal firmly with those who are wicked… This is called good governance,” Ms. Banerjee said at a rally at Jhilimili in Bankura district.

She said the Jangalmahal region was plagued by Maoists in the past and had become a “free passage” for weapons trade.

“The police stations in the area were locked up, there was no semblance of law and order in the region and the people could not move about freely… I have restored peace in the region, what more could you want,” she asked.

Reiterating that her government was facing a severe financial crisis, Ms. Banerjee said the Centre took away most of the taxes collected by the State as payments on interest.

She said the government had managed to raise revenue collection by an additional Rs. 12,000 crore, but the Centre had taken away Rs. 4,000 crore of that money.