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MK meets Singh on bailout package

Narayanan

New Delhi, July 3: Governor M.K. Narayanan today met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss a bailout package for the state and hoped it was coming.

“Of course I discussed the financial package. The Prime Minister promised to be helpful. Results will come,” Narayanan said after the meeting. Apart from the financial package, he discussed other things relating to Bengal, added the governor, who was in Delhi to attend the farewell meeting called by President Pratibha Patil.

Narayanan has been on a spree of meeting since yesterday, calling on not only Singh but other ministers as well, a move unusual for a governor.

Apart from Singh, Narayanan also met home minister P. Chidambaram, defence minister A.K. Antony and power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde. Yesterday, the governor met Chidambaram and coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal.

All the meetings were on issues related to Bengal, sources said.

The meeting with Chidambaram was related to the Gorkha Territorial Administration and the one with Jaiswal centred around the royalty and cess issue. Narayanan met Shinde to discuss the power situation in Bengal and the meeting with the defence minister was regarding the beautification of Hooghly ghats in control of the army.

Sources said Singh would soon speak to Mamata Banerjee and seek her support for electing Pranab Mukherjee as President.

Narayanan appeared very enthusiastic to champion Bengal’s case as he stopped his car outside the Prime Minister’s 7 Race Course residence and spoke to journalists. He praised the Prime Minister and appeared hopeful that his efforts would bear fruit.

“I am very satisfied with the meeting,” Narayanan said. He also pointed out that the Centre had praised the Bengal government for its achievements in various sectors.