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Mamata Banerjee to meet Manmohan, Montek; CPI(M) says visit political

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Apr 09, 2013 at 08:22am IST

New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be meeting Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia in Delhi on Tuesday to discuss the allocation of funds for her state for 2013. Mamata hopes to get a hike of 25 per cent in the plan size compared to 2012's 16 percent.

Mamata is also scheduled to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the CPI(M) claimed the trip was a ploy to rebuild ties with Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. "The actual story behind Banerjee's visit to Delhi is not economic help. The actual purpose is to rebuild ties with Congress before the Lok Sabha polls," senior CPI(M) leader Suryakanta Mishra, who is the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, said.

"Congress is in a disarray so they also need a partner. Banerjee is going there to normalise relations," Mishra claimed. The Chief Minister has said that her visit to Delhi is not political but entirely to put focus on the state's financial situation.

Mamata Banerjee to meet Manmohan, Montek today

The Chief Minister has said her visit to Delhi is not political but entirely to put focus on the state's financial situation.

Mishra also claimed that Banerjee wanted to avoid meeting Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to New Delhi. "She is shy of meeting Modi. So she is going to New Delhi during that time. It is better for her as it will create problem for her if she meets Modi," he said.

(With Additional Inputs From PTI)

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