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Kolkata: Taking strong exception to union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley taking a dig at West Bengal’s erstwhile Left Front government, the CPI-M on Sunday accused him of sending out feelers to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress. Speaking at the launch of the Bandhan Bank here, Jaitley sarcastically remarked that there was flight of capital from the state when it was painted ‘red’- the colour symbolising the Marxists, who spearheaded the Left Front. “I recollect my days from the younger years when I used to see this city painted red. And when it was painted red, of course new institutions were not being born,” he said, adding then the existing companies were shifting out and even intellectuals were leaving the state.

Attributing the Left Front policies for Bandhan’s growth into a bank from a micro finance institution, Communist Party of India-Marxist MP Mohammad Salim slammed Jaitley for his barbs. “Despite participating in a private event, Jaitley preferred to look out for political colors, which are unwarranted. Bandhan has become what it is today not because Jaitley is at the centre or her friend Mamata is ruling Bengal.

“It is because, for the last two decades self help groups have flourished and the rural economy of the state has improved. Jaitley must be aware of the history, Because of the impetus to ground level entrepreneurship (by the Left) Bandhan is Bandhan now,” said Salim. “Actually by saying all this he is sending out a message to Mamata Banerjee that look I am an opponent of the CPI-M,” he added. State Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury did not find Jaitley’s assurances of contributing towards Bengal development convincing. “As a finance minister he is suppose to ensure that politics doesn’t come in between the state’s development, his assurances are welcome. But what are the centre’s plan for Bengal. We did not hear anything from him on that,” said Chowdhury.

(IANS)

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India to Withdraw Pakistan’s ‘Most Favoured Nation’ Status

The Ministry of Commerce will issue the necessary communication in this regard, Jaitley added.

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Jaitley said that the CCS observed a two-minute silence for those who made the ultimate sacrifice and expressed their condolences to the bereaved families. Wikimedia

Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said that the government has decided to withdraw the “Most Favoured Nation” status given to Pakistan, in the wake of the worst-ever terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir a day ago when a CRPF convoy in Pulwama was rammed into by an explosive-packed SUV that has left 45 troopers dead.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the suicide attack on Thursday that proved to be the most devatating since militancy erupted in 1989.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, Jaitley said: “The most favoured nation status which has been granted to Pakistan stands withdrawn.”

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“The most favoured nation status which has been granted to Pakistan stands withdrawn.” Pixabay

The Ministry of Commerce will issue the necessary communication in this regard, he added.

“The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) will initiate all possible steps, and I am referring to all diplomatic steps, which are to be taken to ensure the complete isolation from the international community of Pakistan of which incontrovertible evidence are available of having the direct hand in this gruesome terrorist attack,” Jaitley said.

The MEA in due course will keep you informed with regard to steps taken, he added.

Jaitley said that the MEA would also engage with the international community to make sure that the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism which has been pending for over three decades with the UN, particularly because of the definition of the word terrorism, must be adopted at the earliest.

 

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“The most favoured nation status which has been granted to Pakistan stands withdrawn.”, says Jaitley. Pixabay

Besides Modi and Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman were also present at the meeting.

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Jaitley said that the CCS observed a two-minute silence for those who made the ultimate sacrifice and expressed their condolences to the bereaved families. At least 38 others continue in hospitals with injuries in the attack that has left the security establishment stunned.

He said the CRPF of course will make detailed arrangement with regard to transporting the bodies of the deceased to their families. (IANS)