West Bengal Budget: Governor Tripathi praises Mamata's government

The opposition, led by the Left, had complained of "deteriorating� law and order situation in the state.

West Bengal Budget: Governor Tripathi praises Mamata

Praising the Mamata Banerjee government for its stand on Centre's demonetisation drive, West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Friday inaugurated the budget session of the state assembly. State Finance Minister Amit Mitra will table the budget on February 10.

“Farmers, businessmen and even service holders suffered a lot after demonetisation and the state government’s role is appreciable. Even though there was a problem after demonetisation, the state government had carried out the development activities. All schemes taken up by the state government for development of Jangalmahal have been implemented,” Indian Express quoted Tripathi as saying.

The governor also praised the state government for returning the land to the Singur farmers and the role played by the administration in maintaining peace and communal harmony in the state.

"The Supreme Court had given a historic verdict on Singur and the state government has returned the land to the farmers there," said the governor.

While the opposition, led by the Left, had complained of "deteriorating” law and order situation in the state. The opposition protested and marched towards the exit after Tripathi's speech, saying that there was no mention of the law and order situation of the Bhangar and Ausgram incidents in the speech. They alleged that the speech had been “scripted” to favour the ruling party.

Earlier in the day, Mamata Banerjee attacked the Centre over demonetisation while addressing the Panchayati Raj Sammel in Kolkata.

Mamata said: “The note ban is causing a lot of problems in villages. The Centre should stop lecturing us on the issue of development. We, the people of West Bengal, believe in doing work more than talking about it. The Centre should stop giving lectures and start releasing funds for development of the state." “The communal harmony of the state should be protected at any cost. Panchayat members should always stay alert against rumour mongering. As a certain section of people is trying to instigate communal violence in the state.”