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Featured Image: A file photo of Union MoS parliamentary affairs Mukhtar Ababs Naqvi. 

By A Newsman

Siliguri, 01 September: UNION minister of state for parliamentary affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday hit out at the West Bengal government on the Smart City issue.

“The Central government has included only those cities in the list of Smart City project that the Bengal government had recommended. Then why are they blaming the Centre now saying that it did not include this town or that town,” Mr Naqvi told a Press conference in Siliguri this morning.

The response comes in view of Bengal urban development minister Firhad Hakim’s recent comment that the state government was constrained to recommend only four towns for the Smart City project as the Centre had fixed the limit.

The four towns in Bengal that have been named for the Smart City project last week are ~ New Town and Bidhannagar near Kolkata, Haldia in East Midnapore and Durgapur in Burdwan.

Following this, both the Union minister of state for urban development Babul Supriyo, who happens to be a BJP MP from Asansol in Bengal, and the Siliguri Mayor Asok Bhattacharya of the CPI-M had hit out at the Trinamool Congress government alleging that it did not recommend the names of Asansol and Siliguri as the Opposition parties were strong there.

As regards a query on replacing the Bengal BJP president, Mr Naqvi said that the present incumbent Rahul Sinha was doing a great job. “He is an able and fighter leader and the party is growing in Bengal under his leadership. Hence, no matter who is saying what, the BJP central leadership is satisfied with his performance. There is no question of replacing him.”

Mr Naqvi had gone to Bihar for a political rally and addressed the Press in Siliguri while flying back to Delhi from Bagdogra airport.