Mamata For Debate On State Funding Of Elections

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Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said there should be a debate on subjects of state funding of elections, electoral reforms and financial reforms.

In her maiden address to the state Assembly post her spectacular return to power, the chief minister said state funding of elections would curb use of black money in polls.

“So much is being said about use of black money in elections. We would like to have a debate on state funding of elections, electoral reforms and financial reforms. If there is state funding of elections the use of black money will stop,” Banerjee said.

In an indirect dig, she said that the “festival of democracy” gets fulfilled when everybody can participate in it. “It can’t be achieved by imposing curfew.”

Banerjee called for leaving all poll season bitterness behind and work unitedly towards development of the state. “Come, let us all work together for the development of the state. Let us all create an example by working together. I congratulate those who have won. Especially those who have won for the first time,” she said.

PTI

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