"All Trinamool Congress MPs will go to Delhi and meet the Union Finance Minister demanding that West Bengal be given special financial package to deal with its debt-ridden situation," Sudip Bandyopadhyay, leader of the Trinamool Congress Parliamentary party in Lok Sabha, said in Kolkata.
    
"We will reiterate our demand for debt restructuring and three-year moratorium on interest payment to the Centre," he said, adding, "We will also question why West Bengal was categorized as a less developed state, though it is hugely debt-ridden."
    
Claiming that it is a ploy to deny West Bengal of the much-needed Central funds, he said, demands would be made for granting financial assistance to the state, which he claimed has been left high and dry by the previous Left Front government owing to unbridled borrowings.
    
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had last month said she was ‘deeply shocked and anguished’ at the ‘discriminatory approach’ taken by the Centre towards the state, by accepting the Raghuram Rajan panel report.
    
The panel had categorized Bengal as ‘less developed,’ though it is ‘No. 1 debt-stressed state,’ she had said.
     
Criticizing the Centre for accepting the report, Mamata had said, "The state will stand to lose more than Rs 4,000 crore of Central funds due to this. It is clear that the Central Government is acting on political lines. We strongly protest this discriminatory attitude."
    
"The allocation of Central funds for Bengal will be reduced hugely from 6.93 percent to 5.50 percent, directly hitting a lot of developmental projects in the state targeted at the poor and the needy," the Chief Minister had said.
    
"I am happy that some states will be benefited. But, Bengal will stand to suffer significantly despite being the number 1 debt-stressed state," she said.

(Agencies)

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