Speaking at the chief ministers’ conference in Delhi, Prime Minister Morarji Desai bowed to the states’ plea for a review of the existing rates of additional excise duties levied on textiles, tobacco and sugar in lieu of the sales tax as well as for a review of the grant-in-aid in lieu of the railway passenger tax.
In 2010, former West Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu's body was also donated for medical research to the hospital, as per an oath taken by him on April 4, 2003. His eyes had been harvested soon after his death.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted about former CM Jyoti Basu on his death anniversary. Basu, who was born on July 8, 1914, had led the Marxists to power for five consecutive times in West Bengal.