West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chairperson Mamata Banerjee said on Friday that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had promised to bail out the debt-stressed State before the 2011 Assembly elections but the Centre has not done anything so far.

Referring to a public rally at Dum Dum in the city’s northern parts in the run-up to the 2011 Assembly polls, she said at the event Dr. Singh had assured the State of a special package if the Trinamool Congress and the Congress alliance came to power.

“If I am wrong you can take action against me for misleading the people,” Ms. Banerjee said, directing her remark to Dr. Singh.

She was addressing an election rally at Salkia in the State’s Howrah district in support of her party’s candidate for the Howrah Lok Sabha seat for which the polls will be held on Sunday.

She reiterated her claim that that the Lok Sabha election would be held within six months and the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government would not be in power. The election for the Howrah constituency could have been held along with the general election “within six months”, Ms. Banerjee said.

She continued her attack against the Centre, stating that the Centre is deducting huge amounts of revenue generated by the State which is left with very little for development.

“I have left the UPA government for the interest of the people,” she said, pointing out that she is against allowing foreign direct investment in retail sector.

Ms. Banerjee also blamed the Securities and Exchange Board of India and the Reserve Bank of India for failing to prevent the proliferation of deposit-seeking companies in the State.


  • “In 2011, Singh had assured a special package if the Trinamool Congress and the Congress came to power”

  • “I have left the UPA government for the interest of the people”