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India’s economic condition worse than Sri Lanka’s, Centre should call all-party meet: WB CM Banerjee

By Priyanka Verma 
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Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said on Monday, April 4, that India’s financial condition is worse than Sri Lanka and urged the Centre to call for an all-party meeting to address it.

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“Sri Lanka’s economic condition is bad but India’s condition is worse than Sri Lanka’s. Fuel prices have been hiked here, the Central govt should call all political parties to discuss the economic crisis in our country rather than using CBI & ED,” news agency quoted Banerjee as saying.

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Banerjee also alleged that the Centre allowed steep price hikes of petrol and diesel to divert attention from the ‘atrocities’ carried out by the saffron party in non-BJP states.

“The Centre has no plans to deal with the fuel price hike. The BJP is responsible for this crisis; it’s their return gift to the country after winning the Uttar Pradesh elections,” she told reporters at the state secretariat.

Attacking the Centre, she said, “Coal comes from UP, Jharkhand, Rajasthan. The economic condition in India is worse than in Sri Lanka. I am not comparing our nation with Sri Lanka. But, in the last two weeks, the petrol & diesel prices have been hiked 10 times. Don’t muzzle the voice of people.”

“Instead of using agencies like the CBI and ED against opposition parties, the Centre must convene an all-party meeting to resolve the ongoing economic problems,” the Bengal Chief Minister added.

Mamata Banerjee also handed over the letters of govt jobs to the kin of those killed in the recent Birbhum violence. For one year, they will get Rs.10,000 per month. Later, they will get a permanent job with the state government, she said during the press conference.

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