Will sit on dharna if GoI does not clear Bengal’s dues: Mamata

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. [File Photo]

Malda: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Wednesday that she plans to hold a demonstration in Kolkata starting February 2 if the BJP-led government of India fails to settle the state’s outstanding dues by February 1.

Addressing a public distribution event in Malda, Banerjee called on party members and those affected by the non-payment of funds to join the dharna (protest), which is scheduled to take place at the BR Ambedkar statue in the Red Road area of the eastern metropolis, PTI reported.

“I have given them an ultimatum till February 1 to clear all dues of the state, failing which I will stage a dharna from February 2. If the dues are not cleared, I know how to get it through a movement. I urge all party leaders and workers to participate in the dharna… I want everyone’s support,” she stated.

The chief minister asserted that the state’s outstanding dues amount to a substantial Rs 7,000 crore for various GoI-run schemes, including MGNREGA, Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awas Yojana (PMGAY), and others.

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