Sagar Island ( South 24 Parganas): Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hit out at the Centre for its step-motherly attitude and trying to deprive Bengal deliberately. She was addressing a gathering here on Friday afternoon.Banerjee conveyed her displeasure that despite the Bengal government’s assurance to the Centre on bearing 74 per cent of the cost of setting up a port at Tajpur, it ( the Centre) sat on their request to construct an iron bridge there for over three years. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe chief minister alleged that while the Centre pours in crores to the Ardh Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, it does not give a single paisa to organise Gangasagar Mela. “Lakhs of devotees come to Gangasagar from all over the country to take a holy dip on the day of Makar Sankranti, but the Centre contributes nothing. We do not need their money, but such a step-motherly attitude is unfortunate,” she said. Banerjee said the Centre was not releasing funds required to pay those who had worked under the 100- day programme. ” For the past three months the workers are not getting money, and the uncleared amount has reached Rs 2,500 crore. The Centre is not releasing the money, and so we cannot pay the workers. I have asked the administration to pay the workers from our coffers.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWithout naming the BJP, Banerjee said: ” There are some who want to divide our society by inciting one against the other. The Centre must look after the states and not set them on fire by indulging in divisive politics. We live peacefully in Bengal. We have the head priest of Kapil Muni Ashram, an Imam, monks of Ramakrishna Mission and Bharat Sevasram Sangha on the dais and this is the culture of Bengal where people of all religions and sects work together and stay together.” Banerjee said the bridge at Hatania- Doania was nearing completion and after that going to Bakkhali would be easy. Nine new jetties are expected to come up in Gangasagar, and Lot number 8 has been extensively renovated. She urged local people to cooperate with the administration so that the Gangasagar Mela goes off peacefully. ” Devotees from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and all districts of Bengal come to visit the Mela. I will personally monitor to ensure that the pilgrims do not face any problem.” Banerjee urged the people’s representatives to ensure that deprived sections get rice at Rs 2 a kilogram and houses under Bangla Abas Yojna. ” Work for the people as we have to look after the poor and the needy,” she said.