Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has told anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare that she agrees with him on a number of issues like FDI in retail and land acquisition.
Mukul Roy, the national general secretary of Trinamool Congress, Tuesday said Hazare had written a letter to the party supremo in December last year giving his opinion on a number of topics of national importance.
“She has replied back recently saying that she had made it a part of the party’s election manifesto in Lok Sabha polls of 2009, state assembly polls of 2011 and will also keep it in their new election manifesto for this year’s parliament elections,” Roy said.
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Banerjee and Hazare share similar opinions on issues like FDI in retail, economic programmes, land acquisition, privatisation of PSUs and pension fund, he added.
Sources in the party said some of Hazare’s suggestions have been incorporated by the TMC in its election manifesto.
“The suggestions include ensuring a Lokayukta, putting up of citizens’ charter to address people’s problems, and to bring all state government employees under the purview of Lokpal,” a source said, and added that the TMC has added more than one suggestion in its election manifesto.
Incidentally, senior TMC leader Subrata Mukherjee said he had “no information of any such letter written by Anna to the TMC here.” Shankudeb Ponda, national president of TMCP (party’s student wing) categorically said “there has been no receipt of any such letter.”