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Mamata chants 1:1 mantra to woo industrialists

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Kolkata, October 29, 2013
First Published: 11:44 IST(29/10/2013) | Last Updated: 11:47 IST(29/10/2013)

If wooing industrialists has so far become a tough proposition for the Mamata Banerjee government, a new 1:1 formula seems to be the new bait.

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While the chief minister did not elaborate on the formula, it meant that if someone invested in a major industrial project, he would have another closed or a sick unit on his platter.

It will be up to him to develop it and make it a profitable proposition. According to Mamata, it is like buy one and get one free.

On Monday evening, the chief minister invited the industry captains for a “Biota Simian” and spoke briefly between a lavish dinner and songs by Nachiketa.

“Don’t wait for the Lok Sabha election results,” clarified Mamata indicating that the results will be favourable for her both in the state and the Centre.

“Bengal is now a true destination in terms of stability in the economic and political spheres,” she said.

Returning from her victorious Darjeeling trip after winning this round of political battle with the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, she exuded confidence in her appeal to top industrialists.

She pointed out how her government had banished the culture of strikes and trying to erase the negative mindset in the state.

While availability of land has been a major point of concern for the industry, she renewed her assurance, “Don’t worry about land.

Even without grabbing land, we have been able to clear more than 12,000 acres for industries.” She said that after the rains, the government would embark on a major project of building 1,000 km of state highways to improve connectivity.

“The government is ready with all kinds of facilities and even the trouble-torn Jangalmahal is ready to accept industrial ventures.” Mamata said Bengal had tremendous opportunities in the tourism sector and the hotel industry. Her government is stressing on eco tourism, particularly in the Hills.

Even though the chief minister and her colleagues were upbeat about the meet, the invitees refused to call Monday evening as business.

“Its just an informal get together,” said one.

Mamata played a true host to top industrialists.

The chief minister g reeted Sanjeev Goenka, Harsh Neotia, Sanjay Budhia, YC Deveshwar, Tarun Jhunjhunwala, CK Dhanuka and others as soon as they entered. She briskly walked from one corner to another in the huge ceremonial hall at Ballygunge Park and individually greeted each and every invitee.

Some of her ministers were reprimanded when she spotted guests were standing in between.

She also spoke with Cricket Association of Bengal president Jagmohan Dalmiya regarding the felicitation plans for Sachin Tendulkar at Eden Gardens.


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