Will support GST, but have some issues with land bill: Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee said: “I always believe in the federal structure. It is like a parent-child relation."

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:January 10, 2016 3:20 am
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The West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said the Trinamool Congress party would support the central government on GST in parliament but it had “some” reservations about the Land bill. “After all, the land movement had begun from West Bengal,” she reminded adding that the West Bengal government was always in favour of a healthy federal structure.

She was speaking to the media persons after the Bengal Global business summit which ended on Saturday in Kolkata. Media representatives asked Mamata Banerjee if the business summit was an occasion to improve ties between the central government and the state as a large number of BJP government ministers turned up and praised the chief minister.

Mamata Banerjee said: “I always believe in the federal structure. It is like a parent-child relation”. “Politics has a different destination and business and governance have a different destination. We will continue to support federalism,“ she added.

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  1. K
    Jan 10, 2016 at 6:55 pm
    The citizens of Kerala and Kolkata will work like donkeys in any other country but their own States. Thanks to the communists who have made it impossible to raise capital and make it profitable to invest in West Bengal. Mamta cannot be blamed anymore than her predecessors. The Bania/Marwari clan is the only group that makes money in West Bengal, they do not hire a lot of Bengalis, their staff is mostly from Bihar and UP. For administrative work they get the Tamils.
  2. K
    Jan 10, 2016 at 6:51 pm
    This woman is dark inside with no morals, scruples or character, she has sold off West Bengal to the Bangla Deshis. Hindus who are living in Kolkata are facing the tyrants from Bangal Desh with the help of Mamta and her policemen.
  3. N
    Jan 9, 2016 at 2:40 pm
    I agree. India has come along way since independence. In the current situation a centrally administered growth program have outlived their utility. Some states can benefit more by becoming more autonomous. There is also a lot more of local political divisions now than ever before. Obtaining a consensus at a national level seems to be becoming difficult. So we should move towards less centralized governance and more local governance. There may be no need for any thing more than defense, and external affairs as central government administered activities. Interstate cooperation can be the third central ministry. Every thing else can be shifted to the states, including the right to raise revenues. Rather than the center raising taxes and distributing to the states, the states may raise taxes and pay the center for the maintenance of the armed forces, and operating the other two ministries. Our PM said less government and more governance. A federal structure would enable this.
  4. H
    Jan 9, 2016 at 2:42 pm
    No development is feasible in West Bengal unless regional parties are defeated in future elections. There is complete lawlessness all over state. There is no work culture and output is zero. Thousands of industries were forced to close due to militant atude of state political parties. TATA was driven out of this state. In such awkward situation who will invest in such situation ?
  5. T
    Tapas Kanti
    Jan 10, 2016 at 8:26 am
    The left have spoiled work culture and human mind. They have brought in violence, rape technology to West Bengal. It can not be undone over night. Ms Bannerjee is trying hard and She will succeed. Her efforts are not fake like Jyoti Basu. The reversal sign are discernible now. But you have to give her more time. We are ready to wait.
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