In comments seen as possibly hinting at her political plan ahead of Lok Sabha elections, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday exuded confidence that the next government in Delhi would allow her state to restructure its loan repayment schedule for three-four years.
Banerjee’s comments came less than a fortnight after BJP president Rajnath Singh told a rally in Kolkata that her demand for a moratorium on Bengal’s outstanding loan repayment of Rs 28,000 crore per year was just and the BJP would certainly consider it if it came to power.
“The present government is going soon. Let this government take leave. A new government is coming in Delhi. We will have our loan repayment burdens restructured for three-four years. Everything will turn to gold in Bengal,” Banerjee said in the legislative Assembly. “The golden age of renaissance will return to Bengal.”
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MLAs of the opposition Congress and Left Front, who had boycotted her speech on the Governor’s address, said her confidence emanated from what Rajnath Singh had said.
They also linked it to the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi exhorting the people of West Bengal to have “double laddoos” by having Banerjee lead them in the state and him at the Centre.
“Mamata Banerjee is keeping her aces under her sleeve and not spelling out her plans. But her options are limited — either go with the UPA or go with the NDA. The BJP had made an open offer at the Brigade rally and she is only responding to it,” said Surya Kanta Mishra, leader of the CPM in the Assembly.