Bengal is better than any other state, says Mamata Banerjee; challenges critics to face her

It's the Trinamool Congress' 11th year in power in Bengal.

West Bengal is better than any other state, chief minister Mamata Banerjee said today, at a programme in Kolkata marking the 11th year of the Trinamool Congress-led government in power. Last year, Banerjee formed the state government for the third time in a row in Bengal.

Mamata Banerjee today challenged her critics to “face” her to argue on the various issues for which she is being attacked, she said. “I can face others, but no one can face me,” she said. Banerjee said that when people criticise Bengal, it pains her. “We do not treat cases on the basis of political colour. Everyone at fault will be punished,” she said. “This is not Bihar or Uttar Pradesh,” she said, mentioning about “poor law and order situation” in those states and the way “women are treated”.

“Here, my mothers and sisters can freely walk around and do whatever they feel like,” she said, adding, “Bengal is better than all other states.”

Prior to the elections, Banerjee had announced Lokkhir Bhandar, the monthly Rs 500 allowance for women in the state. On Thursday, at Netaji Indoor Stadium, the CM handed over cheques to several recipients who came from different districts. About 1.51 crore women have already received allowances under the Lokkhir Bhandar scheme. About 20 lakh women who remained outside the scheme were also included.

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