Mamata Banerjee meets PM Modi to address pending dues

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee engaged in a crucial meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.

| Updated: 20 December, 2023 1:59 pm IST
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee engaged in a crucial meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.

KOLKATA: Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee engaged in a crucial meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday to address the longstanding financial dues owed to West Bengal.

The tête-à-tête between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee spanned a duration of 20 minutes. Accompanying Banerjee were 11 Members of Parliament (MPs), including the Party’s National General Secretary, Abhishek Banerjee.

Following the meeting, Banerjee spoke with the media and conveyed, “The Prime Minister listened attentively. He assured that officials from both sides would convene to address the issue, providing all necessary explanations. The withholding of funds, which rightfully belong to the state, particularly affects the welfare of the poor, as emphasised by the PM.”

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The Chief Minister underscored that an outstanding allocation of Rs 1 lakh and 10,000 crores from the Centre is pending, prompting the decision to convene a joint meeting of officials to investigate the reasons behind the delayed disbursement.

Furthermore, Banerjee demanded a specific timeline for the release of the pending funds.

Responding to queries regarding MP Kalyan Banerjee’s mimicry of Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, the Chief Minister refrained from commenting, stating, “I am not informed about it, so I will refrain from making any remarks. Discussions related to the parliamentary party should be directed to Sudip (Bandhapadhyay) or Derek (O’Brien), as they are better positioned to respond.”

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In response to questions about Nitish Kumar’s purported displeasure, the Chief Minister stated, “I am not aware of any such developments.”

Mamata Banerjee’s three-day visit to the national capital included her participation in India Bloc’s fourth meeting, along with a significant meeting with the Prime Minister to address crucial financial matters.

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