“What we hear is Mamata’s version of what the PM had told her during the meeting. There has been no official statement issued by the PMO. Even if the PM had praised the performance of the Trinamool government, it is basically the culture of India, which states that if a guest comes to your place, then you don’t criticise him or her…,” State BJP president Rahul Sinha told mediapersons.
“In our culture, we respect our guests. When you attend a function, do you criticise the food served by the host? A teacher encourages the last bencher in a class, who had flunked, by saying that he is doing great and should work harder,” he added.
Sinha said state Finance Minister Amit Mitra had juggled with figures “just like his predecessor”. “All the development that the state has seen is theoretical… If the picture is so rosy, why did it not reflect in the state Budget?” Sinha asked.
On Monday, after meeting Modi in New Delhi, Mamata had said that the PM appreciated the efforts of the Bengal government. “We discussed how we have raised our revenue from Rs 21,000 crore to Rs 40,000 crore and almost all of it is taken away by the Centre in terms of repayment of loans. How do we meet our essential expenses or do any developmental work? The PM admitted that Bengal topped the list in terms of debt and appreciated our financial discipline… He said that we have improved a lot and added that we would further improve, assuring all help from his end,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Congress termed the meeting as a “smokescreen” and claimed that Mamata had gone to initiate “some understanding” with the PM to find a way out of the sticky situation that Trinamool is in currently in regard to the chit fund scam.
“We have seen the CM speaking against the Centre. While campaigning for the last Lok Sabha elections, she had said that she would tie a rope around Modi’s waist and put him behind bars. Now that Central agencies are unearthing scams — Saradha being the first and now Rose Valley — the CM she has gone to arrange for a settlement with the Prime Minister,” state Congress president Adhir Chowdhury said.
CPM leader Mohamnmed Selim too said: “… A letter from the CBI has reached the TMC party office, asking for details of contributions that the party has received since 2010. It has also asked for the party’s collection from sale of the CM’s paintings. Lastly, why was it a one-on-one meeting? She has definitely gone there to find a way to save her skin… In return, she will not oppose the pending bills in the Rajya Sabha.”