The day Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi seeking a debt waiver for the state, estranged Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy on Monday said the meeting could have been held during the last nine months.
“Precious nine months have been wasted… With the state going to polls in 2016, it would have been better if the meeting was held much earlier… An early meeting could have helped Bengal’s financial position and the state government’s development initiatives,” Roy told mediapersons at his Nizam Palace office in Kolkata. Modi had assumed office May, 2014.
Welcoming Mamata’s decision to meet the Prime Minister and seek a debt waiver, the Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP said: “It is in line with the spirit of federalism. One will have to accept that Modiji has come to power with a massive mandate. So, the meeting between the West Bengal chief minister and the Prime Minister is absolutely in order. Better late than never.”
When told that the state government may advance Assembly polls if it does well in the elections to the 94 municipal bodies in April, Roy said such a move will deprive a large number of youths from exercising their right to franchise, as the voter’s list is generally revised and updated in January every year.
“Should that happen, Trinamool Congress will send out a wrong message to youths, who will feel that they are not needed,” Roy said.
Meanwhile, Roy’s isolation within the party continues. While he was in Kolkata, other Trinamool MPs met over tea at MP Kalyan Banerjee’s house in New Delhi on Monday — Roy was not invited to the meeting. “This is the Trinamool version of ‘Cha Charka’ to Modi’s ‘Chai pe Charcha’,” said a senior MP.
Roy left for New Delh on Monday evening.