It's time to focus on an economy in crisis, not religious issues: Mamata Banerjee

KOLKATA: In a veiled attack against the BJP in the Center, the prime minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee On Thursday he said that the divide and conquer policy would not be good for the country, which is currently facing an economic slowdown.

Speaking on a program here, the TMC Supreme said it was time to address economic problems in the country, instead of insisting on Hindu-Muslim issues.

Unemployment and poverty have reached very high levels. At a time like this, I don't know if insisting on Hindu and Muslim problems will yield any positive results, he said.

The prime minister urged people to work together for peace and prosperity.

No one knows what will happen to the banks tomorrow. There is uncertainty everywhere. This never happened before. Let's work together for peace, prosperity and unity. Dwelling in religious matters will not bring the desired result, he insisted.

The TMC chief also said that industrialists in the country feel intimidated by the central agencies: the CBI, the IT department and the ED.

Many of them have left the Indian coast because of this (intimidation). Rahul Bajaj He had the guts to talk. But I feel they have put it under scanner since then, he said.

Veteran industrialist Rahul Bajaj recently said that India Inc was afraid of criticizing the Centre's policies. I found support in Biocon chairperson Kiran Mazumdar Shaw who said the government treated India Inc as pariahs and doesn't want to hear any criticism of the economy.

In criticizing the governor of West Bengal, Jagdeep Dhankhar, for the alleged delay in the approval of the bills, he said there was a parallel administration in operation in the state.

I am sorry to say this ... The Chamber was postponed because the bills were not signed. We are fighting and we will fight against this, he added.