Pranab likely to meet Mitra on financial crisis

Pranab likely to meet Mitra on financial crisis
Kolkata, Nov 6 (PTI) Days after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked the Centre to treat the state "differently" and sought a debt restructuring plan, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is likely to hold a meeting with his Bengal counterpart Amit Mitra here on November 8, official sources said.

The meeting, which will take place at Raj Bhavan, comes against the backdrop of the Trinamool Congress's threat to pull out of the ruling UPA coalition at the Centre following hike in the petrol prices. The meeting also comes after the state Governor M K Narayanan met Mukherjee in New Delhi recently and discussed the "money" issue recently.

Trinamool Congress MPs are likely to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the same day (November 8) over the party's unhappiness with the petrol price hike. In a bid to put pressure on the government, Trinamool Congress, the second largest constituent of the UPA with 18 MPs, held an emergency meeting on Friday of its Parliamentary Party after which Banerjee said leaders favoured withdrawal of support but she has stayed such a move and asked the MPs to talk to the PM before taking a final decision.

Banerjee had recently demanded a financial package at the National Development Council meet to tide over the crisis in the debt ridden state. "After 34 years of misrule, founded on coercion and violence, the economy of the state is in shambles. Therefore, the 12th Plan must give special attention towards the regeneration of the great state of West Bengal," Banerjee had said at the NDC meeting in New Delhi recently.


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