All-party meet called by Mamata cordial affair

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 19:20

Kolkata: Contrary to the Trinamool
Congress keeping away from all party meetings during the
erstwhile Left Front regime, one called on Wednesday by the Mamata
Banerjee government was a cordial affair with the opposition
CPI(M) also attending.

After the conclusion of the meeting on changing the
name of the state and carving out new districts, the chief
Minister briefed the press with CPI(M) leader Suryakanta
Mishra who is the Leader of the Opposition seated on her right
and Commerce and Industry Minister, Partha Chatterjee, the
Leader of the House, on her left.

The chief minister also entrusted Mishra and
Chatterjee to take a decision on the new nomenclature of the
state after consulting academics and linguists.

Mishra said there was `unanimity` with the government
on some points while discussing the need to change name of the
state and reorganisation of districts. "We have thanked the
government for the initiatives.

"We have, however, drawn attention that reorganisation
of districts involves certain infrastructure and expenditure,
though it entitles the state to derive additional central
assistance," he said.

The chief minister later invited Mishra to her office
and discussed issues raised by him on the Darjeeling accord.

Mishra, however, declined to divulge details of his
meeting with the chief minister.

PTI




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