West Bengal not getting assistance from Centre: Mamata Banerjee at EZC meet

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Bhubaneswar: West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee said on Friday that there was no discussion on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) at the Eastern Zonal Council meeting in Bhubaneswar.

Banerjee, however, expressed concern over the communal clashes in the national capital which has taken 39 lives. She urged the Centre to take measures to contain violence.

The West Bengal Chief Minister told the media after attending a lunch hosted by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, that there was no discussion on the CAA or NRC. These were not on the agenda, she added. Banerjee joined Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for the lunch hosted by Patnaik at Naveen Nivas.

When reporters asked if she would back the demand of Shah”s resignation in wake of the Delhi riots, Banerjee said: “The problem should be solved first and then we will discuss politics.” It is of utmost importance that peace should prevail and victims are adequately compensated, the TMC supremo added.

The West Bengal CM alleged that the state is not getting the required assistance during natural calamities such as cyclone Fani and Bulbul.

We are yet to get Rs 50,000 crore from the Centre as promised, she added. She told reporters that she raised the issues of delay in GST compensation payment and lowered share of states in devolution of central taxes.

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