Ahead of her meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said that the focus of the meet would be the state’s rights. She also said interest waiver on repayment of Bengal’s huge debt would be the agenda of her meeting with PM Modi.
“We are not begging and we do not want mercy. We just want the state’s rights,” the chief minister said wile inaugurating the four-lane flyover between Keshtopur and Raghunathpur at Raghunathpur on Sunday. She also hinted that she has an alternate proposal for the Prime Minister.
“The central government is taking away Rs 42,000 crore from us. “Our point is you do not take away the money. Give us the full money and we will give you half of it,” Mamata Banerjee said while inaugurating a flyover on VIP Road.
“At one point you are taking away Rs 42,000 crore from our revenue income (income tax, cess and excise duty) and then giving the state Rs 8,000 crore is pointless,” she said. “Why did you allow the predecessors to borrow so much and leave such a huge debt? Why should we pay someone else’s debts?” she asked. “In the last three-and-a-half the Centre has taken away a total amount of Rs 1 lakh crore from our state,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Sunday described Banerjee’s Monday meet with PM Modi as “home coming” for the Trinamool Congress chief. At a CPI-M rally in Kolkata, the party’s Lok Sabha MP Mohammad Salim said there was a competition between Banerjee and her once trusted lieutenant Mukul Roy on who can lean more towards the BJP.
“During Lok Sabha polls, Banerjee had said she would drag Modi to jail tying a rope round his waist. The people now want to know if you are carrying a rope or taking a rakhi to solidify your ties with Modi,” asked Salim on a day when Banerjee left for Delhi.
(With agency inputs)