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Cong MLA attends CM Howrah meet

Calcutta, June 13: A Congress MLA attended an administrative meeting Mamata Banerjee held in Howrah this evening to discuss pending projects and said he was “overwhelmed”.

Asit Mitra, the lone Congress MLA from Howrah, said after coming out of the one-and-a-half-hour meeting at Sarat Sadan: “When I drew the chief minister’s attention to the non-availability of private and state buses in Howrah town and Uluberia, she immediately told me that the problem would be looked into. She asked the transport secretary, Alapan Bandyopadhyay, to take note of the matter. I am overwhelmed by the way she promptly took a positive stand.”

Fifteen Trinamul MLAs and MPs Prasun Banerjee and Sultan Ahmed were also present at the meeting.

A Trinamul general secretary said Mamata had decided to be “cordial” with the Congress and the Left at a time the BJP was emerging as a force to reckon with in Bengal, referring to the chief minister’s meeting with a Left Front delegation on Monday and Amta MLA Mitra’s presence at today’ session.

The BJP increased its vote share to 16.8 per cent in the Lok Sabha elections and won two seats.

On June 5, Forward Bloc MLA Udayan Guha and Congress legislator D.P. Roy were present at a meeting of the Uttar Banga Unnayan Parshad Mamata had chaired in Jalpaiguri.

The two Opposition MLAs, both members of the Parshad, have been included in an all-party delegation that is scheduled to meet Union water resources minister Uma Bharati next month.