On Wednesday, BJP president Amit Shah, who is on a three-day tour of West Bengal made a scathing attack on the Mamata Banerjee government alleging that the state was lagging behind in most development parameters under her rule.
Reeling out statistics of the quantum of central grants given to the state, Shah dismissed Banerjee's claims of Centre's negligence.
While Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is touring north Bengal on an official visit slammed the BJP for malicious propaganda, her finance minister Amit Mitra has come out with a point-by-point rebuttal of the BJP presidents claims.
HERE'S WHAT AMIT SHAH CLAIMED AND HOW THE TRINAMOOL CONGRESS HAS COUNTERED BJP'S ALLEGATIONS:
- Amit Shah, BJP: We thought after end of Left rule, development will begin in Bengal. But we have been disappointed in the last six years
- Amit Mitra, TMC: They are comparing a government of six years with 34 years of Left rule. They are like seasonal birds, coming and going, so they cannot see the development. During the first five years of this government, State plan expenditure has increased from Rs 14,615 crore to Rs 54,069 crore. Capital expenditure has also increased by seven times. State revenues have doubled.
- Amit Shah, BJP: Share of Bengal in GDP growth was 25 per cent during independence. Now it is four per cent.
- Amit Mitra, TMC: GDP of Bengal has more than doubled from nearly Rs 4.61 lakh crore in 2010-11 to Rs 9.20 lakh crore in 2015-16.
- Amit Shah, BJP: Bengal had a debt of Rs 1.9 lakh crore when Left was voted out. It has become Rs 3 lakh crore now.
- Amit Mitra, TMC: Of the Rs 1,13,000 crore increase in the state's debt stock during the past five years, around Rs 94,000 crore went into debt servicing of the debt left behind by the previous Left Front Government. In fact, Bengal's debt-GSDP ratio has improved from 41 per cent to 32.58 per cent.
- Amit Shah, BJP: Power production in Bengal is not at par with national average.
- Amit Mitra, TMC: Bengal is one of the few power surplus states in the country. By June, 2017, 100 per cent rural electrification will be achieved, the first State in India to do so.
- Amit Shah, BJP: Agriculture growth has slowed down in Bengal.
- Amit Mitra, TMC: Bengal has won Krishi Karman award five years in a row from Governemt of India for excellence in agriculture, since 2011.
- Amit Shah, BJP: TMC promoted appeasement politics. There was a ruckus because of it.
- Amit Mitra, TMC: Kanyashree, Yuvashree, Sabuj Shree, Sabuj Sathi, Gatidhara, Geetanjali, Khadya Sathi, Baitarani, Samabyathi, Samarthan - these schemes are for all. Government of Bengal works for all. Our reforms in e-governance, financial matters and in other areas of public service delivery have benefited all sections of the society.
- Amit Shah, BJP: Bengal government failed to curb FICN, made it a laughing stock by opposing demonetisation.
- Amit Mitra, TMC: After demonetisation, Amit Shah and his party claimed notebandi has eliminated fake notes in the country. Everyone knows what the truth is.
- Amit Shah, BJP: Industries shutting down, bomb making factories booming.
- Amit Mitra, TMC: Industry growth - India 7 per cent and Bengal 10 per cent. Furthermore, 40 per cent investment proposals received at Bengal Global Business Summit are in process of fructification. (figure for same in Gujarat is 2-3 per cent). These facts speak for themselves and falsehood stands exposed.