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Despite the Trinamool Congress (TMC)-led Bengal government opposing the Centre on several issues, Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Nitin Gadkari have been invited as the chief guest and guest of honour respectively, at the two-day annual investors’ meet here beginning from Wednesday.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be addressing the two sessions on Wednesday and one on Thursday. Both Mr. Jaitley and Mr. Gadkari will be addressing sessions on Wednesday.
On Thursday, business agreements would be signed in the presence of Ms. Banerjee and outcomes arising out of breakaway sessions and MSME conclave would be presented.
This is for the first time that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has extended invitations to top Central Ministers for the Bengal Global Summit, which enters into its fourth edition this year. The summit will host nearly two dozen countries and a plethora of investors.
A sizeable team has come from south-west China’s Yunan province, mainly to attract investment in the country.
The Summit, touted by the TMC as a summit to “create a blueprint that will explore new possibilities of creating a resurgent Bengal” seeks to attract investment options and is expected to be participated by several other countries. A business trip to Singapore in 2014 by Ms. Banerjee along with State Finance Minister Amit Mitra acted as a curtain raiser to the Summit.
Mr. Jaitley had earlier questioned Ms. Banerjee’s trip to foreign countries to woo investors saying it was inconsistent in keeping with her opposition to FDI in the defence sector.
Criticising the Summit, BJP State president Rahul Sinha said it was a “money-wasting spectacle” of the State government.
“She [Ms. Banerjee] has invited Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari so that she cannot claim that the Centre has done nothing for the State,” Mr. Sinha said.
From : The Hindu