Kolkata: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has
promised West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to help
the state "within the constitutional limits" to rebuild its
economy, so that it regains the glory evident during the
tenure of late chief minister B C Roy.
"The Prime Minister assured Mamata Banerjee who led a
Trinamool Congress delegation that the Centre would provide
all help within the constitutional limits so that Bengal could
regain its past glory," party leader and Union Minister
Saugata Roy told reporters after a 26-member delegation met
Singh at Raj Bhavan.
"We told the Prime Minister that during the 34 years of
Left Front rule, West Bengal`s infrastructure has been ruined
and without the Centre`s help, it was not possible to rebuild
the state," Roy said.
"We are trying to rebuild the state`s economy which was
in ruins," party sources quoted Banerjee as telling Singh.
"The Prime Minister congratulated Mamata Banerjee for her
election victory and said that under her leadership the
(political) change had come to West Bengal. He said it was
possible for Bengal to regain its past glory under Mamata as
chief minister," Roy said.
He quoted the Prime Minister as telling the delegation
that Bengal occupied a pride of place in the country when B
C Roy was chief minister between 1948 and 1962.
The Trinamool delegation which included all central
ministers from the party, state ministers and party MPs
submitted a memorandum to the PM on the state`s issues.