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"One rupee earned by the government is being spent to service the Rs 2.5 lakh crore debt left by the erstwhile LF govt. But we have not begged for money and we are implementing all the projects in the state on our own financial strength against great odds," she said, and urged the party leaders to be with the people.

Mamata visits Loba, slams cops

Nearly a month after the villagers of Loba in Dubrajpur in Birbhum clashed with police, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday visited the village and slammed the police for conducting the operation of retrieving the earth-moving equipment that triggered the violent clash on November 6.

She blamed the "CPM elements" and agents of the mining company for the violence in which 33 people, including 27 policemen, were injured. Villagers had alleged that the police had opened fire on them, a claim rejected by the government.

"I have earlier said that we were kept in dark about the operation. I ordered the transfer of all the police officers" Banerjee told the villagers.

She assured the villagers that her government "will never acquire land forcibly". "It is your land and you have the right to sell it to anybody you want and at any price you want. If you do not want to sell your land, then do not give. This I can assure you that the government will not do anything," she said.

Significantly, villagers had claimed that local Trinamool leaders were playing role of the agents of the mining company for acquiring the land.

However, Banerjee claimed, "The labnd acquisition process for the mining company took place during the Left Front rule in 2009. Banerjee added that there are land sharks moving in the area and she advised the villagers to be aware of them.

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