Mamata: Economic situation 'simply intolerable'

Aug 23 2013, 05:59 IST
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SummaryWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said the “economic disaster” the country is facing was “simply intolerable” and wondered whether it could be a result of “so-called reforms” being pushed by the Centre in view of the 2014 elections

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said the “economic disaster” the country is facing was “simply intolerable” and wondered whether it could be a result of “so-called reforms” being pushed by the Centre in view of the 2014 elections.

“The economic disaster through which the country is passing is simply intolerable. The country is passing through a nightmarish situation with price rise haunting the people like never before,” the chief minister said in a Facebook post.

Banerjee, a former UPA ally, said, “From petrol to onions, from diesel to dollar, from fertilisers to day to day expenses, prices are skyrocketing.” Stating that the economic security of the common people was at stake, she asked: “Is it a product of the so-called reforms and activities being pushed by the Government at the Centre in view of the ensuing Lok Sabha election?”

“The country cannot be run like this,” she said and questioned whether it was political gimmickry to satisfy some parties at the expense of the common people.

“Where is the leader of the country to save the people from economic onslaught and the internal and external security threats?” Banerjee asked.

“Public opinion and mobilization is very much needed at this hour,” she added.

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