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Now Mamata threatens to take her battle to Delhi

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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee handing over a letter of appointment as home guard to surrendered Maoist leader Jagori Baskey at a rally in Paschim Medinipur district on Saturday.— PHOTO: PTI
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee handing over a letter of appointment as home guard to surrendered Maoist leader Jagori Baskey at a rally in Paschim Medinipur district on Saturday.— PHOTO: PTI

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday threatened to take to Delhi her battle for a moratorium on the interest burden of the debt-ridden State.

“We know how to snatch our rights… if no moratorium is given on interests, we will take the agitation to Delhi,” she told a gathering at Paschim Medinipur district.

Ms. Banerjee, however, declined to set any time line for launching the stir. “The State wants its due. We want it so that we can work for the people.”

The Trinamool supremo said she would make the State self-reliant before she left office. Projects worth Rs. 741 crore were being implemented in this district, parts of which were affected by Left-Wing Extremism.

Ms. Banerjee on Thursday used the platform provided by the Indian Science Congress to make a pitch for the State, saying: “Please look at Bengal. If Bengal is developed, then India is developed.” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pranab Mukherjee were present. On Friday, she said farmers were suffering as fertilizer and diesel prices had been raised by the Centre. People’s well-being was more important to her than ministerial berths, she asserted.


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