New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday that her state was facing acute financial crisis due to the Left Front which had been in power for 34 years till it was routed in the 2011 Assembly elections. Claiming that West Bengal's financial position cannot be compared to any other state, Mamata said, "We don't have money for any development projects like roads, BPL cards and others. Other states don't have the same situation like our state."
Mamata made the comments after meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his 7 Race Course Road residence in New Delhi on Friday evening. Blaming the Centre of not doing enough to mitigate West Bengal's precarious financial position she said, "I will not speak about the Prime Minister's opinion. I have met the Prime Minister 10 times, Finance Minister 20 times, but nothing has changed."
Demanding a three-year moratorium on interest on debts she also demanded a bailout package for West Bengal. She added that if a financial package was not announced for her state, she would fight for it "politically".
"We believes some solution will come out, if not, then we will fight it politically from state," said Mamata.
She also refused to reveal her cards on the President poll, saying that the election was still a couple of months away. "Our options are all open on presidential election. There is enough time," she said.