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Mamata likely to discuss financial package with Pranab

kolkata Updated: Jun 19, 2011 21:32 IST
Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is scheduled to go to Delhi on Monday on her maiden visit after assuming office with a bail-out financial package from the Centre high on her agenda.

Sources close to the chief minister told PTI that during her three-day visit, she will first call on Pranab Mukherjee on Monday in the afternoon and is expected to discuss a special package for the state government which has inherited a grim fiscal position from the previous government.

The state's finance minister, Amit Mitra, who has recently met his Union counpterpart will accompany her.

At their last meeting here on May 29, Mukherjee had assured the chief minister of central assistance to overcome the deep financial crisis with the accumulated debt reaching over Rs 1.85 lakh crore as on March 31, 2011 and is estimated to increase to over Rs two lakh crore during the financial year.

Mukherjee had, at the meeting, agreed with Banerjee's description of the situation as 'difficult' and assured her that long and short-term assistance was necessary for the state.

During her stay she will call on Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia to discuss the state's plan size. Banerjee will leave for Kolkata on Wednesday.

The Trinamool Congress chief is also expected to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during her stay, sources said.

Banerjee's meeting with the Prime Minister could be significant from the point of view of a likely Union Cabinet reshuffle.

The possibility of a reshuffle has brightened after the victory of Mamata Banerjee who became the chief minister of West Bengal after resigning as Railway Minister at the Centre.

Her party colleague Mukul Roy is a minister of state with the additional charge of Railway.

Banerjee had expressed a keen desire to keep the railway portfolio to her party 'as there are many pending projects in West Bengal'.

Sources said that Banerjee is also likely to call on President Pratibha Patil during her stay in the capital.

Though the Bengal CM had earlier planned to reach Delhi on Saturday night, she had to postpone it due to heavy rains in Kolkata and parts of South Bengal.