CM lashes out at BJP for eliminating LPG subsidy

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 2, 2017

Chopra: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday criticised the Centre for its decision to eliminate all subsidies for domestic LPG and said providing such financial support to the people was its social obligation.

"The government at the Center doesn't seem to care about the common people. How will the people survive if they are subjected to such economic distress", the Chief Minister questioned. "Will not they be encouraged to deposit their money in chit funds which might surface again taking advantage of them", Banerjee said while addressing a party rally at Choopra in North Dinajpur district. "It is public money", she said.

Raj Kishore Modi also happens to be the same person against whom Banerjee had staged a protest in 2009 when she was the leader of Opposition. "Subsidy does not come from somebody's personal fund but from the pockets of the people", she said. The Union government's decision to on LPG by March 2018 by hiking prices by Rs 4 per cylinder every month has been criticized by all other political parties. "And now she is trying to create an impression that lowered interest rates would lead to mushrooming of ponzi firms in Bengal", said BJP national secretary and former state president Rahul Sinha. But they should not forget that those who try to stoke fire often become victims of it. Every household is entitled to 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg each at subsidised rates in a year.

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