“Felt Bad” Mamata Banerjee Not Invited by BJP for the East-West Metro Launch - TNBCLive

Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo, Mamata Banerjee this afternoon criticized the BJP for not inviting her in the East-West Metro corridor launch in Kolkata. She said that she and her team “shed tears” for the approval of the project when she was the Railway Minister but the BJP lacked the courtesy to invite her for the inauguration. 

On Thursday, the project was inaugurated by Union Minister Piyush Goyal. Ms Banerjee said in the state assembly, “We had worked hard for the East-West Metro project. We had to literally shed tears for it (approval). I felt bad that even for a small route, they (BJP) don’t have the courtesy to call me and inform.” 

The TMC chief had served as the Railway Minister between 2009 to 2011. The first phase of the East-West Metro corridor is spreading between Salt Lake Sector-V to Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata. Union Minister Babul Supriyo also attended the event but no one from the TMC was invited. 

On the event, Mr Goyal accused the Bengal government of depriving people of the state. He was quoted saying, “We (central government) want to give more projects to West Bengal, but the state is not allowing those.”

“In the Ayushman Bharat programme, nearly one crore people have got the benefits, but people of Bengal were deprived of it,” he said.

Ms Banerjee condemned his comments saying, “In Bengal, we have stepped up laws against women. Police immediately file a complaint against crime against women but look at Uttar Pradesh. In UP, victims are burnt alive and their families are attacked. If you want to see the law and order situation, send a team to UP.”

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