Kolkata: Brushing aside political differences Finance Minister Arun jaitley on Sunday called for more economic activity in the eastern states and said that the centre is mulling a special economic package for West Bengal.
Stressing on development Jaitley said that the political difference between BJP and ruling Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal will not create hurdles in the path of development. He also lamented the ‘obsolete politics’ of the past.
Without referring to any party, he said there has been pleasant change in Kolkata which is almost painted Blue as opposed to past when it was painted red. Blue is the colour of ruling TMC and Red is associated with the Left parties.
“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 called. The existing ones were shifting out and West Bengal which was known not for producing many entrepreneurs but certainly known for producing intellectuals, even Ashok Lahiri and Amit Mitra had shifted out,” Jaitley said.
The Finance Minister said while the change of colour has brought back both of them, the birth of a Bangla entrepreneur is the most important. West Bengal, he said, has a lot of intellectual capital. It had academic institutions of great importance, more need to be created, the old ones need to be restored back to their excellence.
“Odisha and West Bengal also have a lot of mineral resource. North East has oil and gas… Therefore for the growth of this region, you have the fundamentals which are present here,” he said.