THE MA­MATA WAY

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West Ben­gal Chief Min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee’s re­cent warn­ing that the Tri­namool Congress would “take a po­lit­i­cal call” un­less the state is granted a sub­stan­tial fis­cal pack­age has found en­dorse­ment from an un­likely quar­ter. Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Jairam Ramesh told Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Parkash Singh Badal that “Ma­mata ki safalta mein aapka bhi bhala hai ( your sal­va­tion lies in Ma­mata’s suc­cess).” Ramesh was in Chandi­garh on May 10 to ad­dress a sem­i­nar on ru­ral de­vel­op­ment poli­cies and pro­grammes. Like West Ben­gal and Ker­ala, Pun­jab too has sought a mora­to­rium on the re­pay­ment of Rs 22,000 crore aris­ing from its bor­row­ings on small sav­ings.

BADAL( LEFT) AND RAMESH

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