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Bengal will lead India from Delhi: Mamata

Posted on Dec 15, 03:32PM | UNI

Claiming that the Trinamool Congress would grow in stature in the near future, party chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today asserted that her party would lead the country.

"Bengal will lead India from Delhi," Ms Banerjee told industry leaders at a gathering in the city.

"If Bengal is running Bengal today, then it can run India tomorrow,' Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha member Derek O'brien quoted Ms Banerjee as saying.

She reportedly underscored the importance of regional parties in today's national politics and said, "most national parties like the Congress are self-centred." "The regional parties understand better the regional and national aspirations and also understand the needs of the people," she said.

Speaking on the issue of land, Ms Banerjee reaffirmed that there would be no forcible acquistion of land. But the new land policy, which proposed to auction Government land for industry, involved the state in a 'more proactive role.' Mr O'brien said the Chief Minister had a 'candid interaction' with the audience on various issues and urged them to invest in areas like education, health, tourism, transport and infrastructure.

UB group Chairman Vijay Mallya, Birla group's Kumarmangalam Birla, RP-Sanjiv Goenka group Chairman Sanjiv Goenka and Bengal Ambuja group Vice-Chairman Harsh Neotia, besides Bollywood Actors Anil Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor were present on the occasion.