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Gujarat can do riots, Bengal can’t: Mamata

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Kolkata: Stating that “Gujarat can do riots, we can’t,” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on January 21 said the western state was flourishing mainly because of the huge funds it was getting from NRIs.

“Do not project Gujarat to me. What Gujarat can do, we can’t. Yes, we cannot indulge in riots. Gujarat is flourishing because huge funds come from NRIs,” she said.

Addressing a rally in Canning in South 24-Parganas, some 55 km from Kolkata, Banerjee expressed her dissatisfaction over the comparison of Gujarat and her state.

“Why there is so much comparison with Gujarat? Their population is far below than ours. They don’t have blockades, shutdowns and strikes. They are not under financial debt like us,” she said.

“Call it unfortunate or whatever, I could not realize that the state was in such a disaster. Only if I would have come to power a few years earlier, the picture would have been different,” she said.