After the meeting was over, Banerjee said that she has requested the PM to give relaxation in debt, as many projects for welfare of the people of West Bengal are still pending.

She added that she has informed PM Modi of the economic situation of West Bengal and that PM has taken cognizance of the matter. She further added that PM agreed that West Bengal is under maximum debt and that the state has shown financial discipline despite of this.

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Banerjee said that PM assured her that he will look into it.

Banerjee, considered to be a strong critic of PM Modi, made a fervent plea for waiving the state's debt, which was taken by the earlier regime.

Before meeting Modi, the first one between the two leaders since Modi became the prime minister, the Trinamool Congress will have an interaction with all her party MPs.



She had earlier skipped the NITI Ayog meeting called by PM Modi where chief ministers of several states were present.

She is also likely to meet Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on March 10 and seek more funds and debt waivers for her state, which facing a severe financial crisis.

 


West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with TMC MPs at Parliament House in New Delhi

The state inherited a huge debt burden from the previous Left Front regime which ruled the state for 34 years and it is our legitimate demand to seek waivers, a close aide of Banerjee said.

According to the recommendation of the Fourteenth Finance Commission, Bengal will receive around Rs 12,000 crore as grant-in-aid from the Centre which will be released to the state in phases over couple of years.

However, Banerjee is insisting on a moratorium on payment of loan which is around Rs 28,000 crore a year.     

She had sought the waivers earlier during the UPA regime also and met the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Recently the TMC MPs had backed the CPI(M) moved amendment on the motion of thanks to the President's address on black money issue causing embarrassment for the Modi-led government in the Rajya Sabha.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his way to Parliament Library building for a meeting with Mamata Banerjee

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