Mamata Banerjee says she's had enough, asks should 'I go and beat up' PM Manmohan Singh
If the Centre does not accept our demand (for a moratorium and debt restructuring) I will be forced to take the fight for Bengal to the streets of Delhi," she told the rally.
"Our government is doing very well. We have fulfilled the promises made in our manifesto. But the Centre is not allowing us to take further loans," she said. "Please look towards Bengal with love. (Bengal) is the gateway of North Eastern states. Bengal is the border of Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal," she said. "If Bengal is developed, then India is developed. Please look at Bengal."
On the Centre's subsidy for different central projects and Congress leadership's claim on helping the states through central projects, she said, "If they are showing mercy through these (subsidised schemes), whose money is this? Is it your money or my money? It is the money of the states," she asserted.
Banerjee said the Centre was taking Rs 40,000 crore per year on account of various taxes from which Rs 18,000 was being given to the state from the central pool.
"However, another Rs 26,000 crore is being taken away from the state in the form of debt and interest repayment on central loans," she pointed out.
Slamming the UPA government over FDI in retail, hike in diesel prices, non-subsidised LPG and fertiliser price hike, she said, "This government will have to pay the price for setting the kitchens on fire".