"Those who took the state back by decades are spreading hate, falsehoods and negativity now. Those who can't win by votes, indulge in slandering," she said at a meeting at Birpara of Alipurduar district.

"The new generation of youth in Bengal will take the state forward. Bengal is turning around," she said. Banerjee, also the Trinamool Congress supremo, attacked the central government for slashing funds for the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme and plight of labourers.

"The centre stopped funds for ICDS scheme. We are now funding the scheme. We will keep running Anganwadi centres," Banerjee asserted.

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