West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, September 18, at his residence at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg in Delhi. Mamata discussed many issues with the PM, primarily the economic developments in the state of West Bengal. She said the state of Bengal is “the number one state GDP growth-wise”. After the meeting, Mamata Banerjee said the meeting with the Prime Minister was satisfactory and fruitful.
While briefing the media about the meeting she said, “After paying heavy taxes, the economic condition of the state is pretty good. Our state has a GDP of 12.8%, the highest in India. We are the number one state GDP growth-wise. Our state also received the Krishi Karman award for the last 5 years. We also made a report which includes all the work our government did in the past 8 years and our economic performance. It shows how well we performed economically, how we have doubled the infrastructure by 6%. This report was submitted to the Prime Minister so that they can go through it and see how Bengal is working instead of all the gifts and loan waiver talks.”
The TMC supremo has invited PM Modi for a business summit in West Bengal following the Durga Puja. She also said she has extended the invitation to PM Modi to inaugurate the second-largest coal project in the world - Deocha Pachami coal mine - in Birbhum district. She also added that she will be meeting Home Minister Amit Shah as well in Delhi. She also confirmed that discussion on changing the name of the state of West Bengal to Bangla was held during the meeting with the Prime Minister. The West Bengal CM also stated that the conversation was strictly related to government issues and development-related matters were discussed. Ahead of the meeting with the Prime Minister, the TMC supremo had termed the meet a 'courtesy call', putting speculations to end over the same.
Here are the four big takeaways:
1. Discussions on renaming state of West Bengal to Bangla
2. Mamata Banerjee most likely to meet with Home Minister Amit Shah
3. Discussions only on government and developmental matters
4. Mamata says West Bengal government will work with Central government