Kolkata: Taking the war of words between arch political rivals in West Bengal – TMC and Left Front – a step further, the Opposition has slammed Mamata Banerjee-led government for failing to manage any special financial aid from the Central government despite ‘begging’ in front of it for the same.

Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Assembly, Surya Kant Mishra said, “Even after meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee for eight times to get the financial aid for the state, Banerjee has always returned with empty hands.” Banerjee has herself accepted that the Centre has disappointed her all the time, he added.

“Banerjee accuses the Left front of bankrupting the treasury, but she should understand that by the end of every financial year, the treasury will be empty,” Mishra said while questioning the intentions of the state government for tabling a full-fledged budget in the state Assembly.

Mishra said, “Even the Centre has advised Banerjee to first submit the complete budget and also seek ways of augmenting the revenue before asking for Centre’s help.”

A critical Mishra doubted whether the state government would present a full-fledged budget in the upcoming Budget session of the state Assembly which is likely to be held from August 10.

“In such conditions why is the Chief Minister making repeated attempts to get financial assistance from the Centre and returning with empty hands. First she should present the complete budget and then ask for the assistance,” Mishra lamented further.

JPN/Bureau