The Chief Minister interacted with the media earlier today. This is what she said:
On the issue of border enclaves:
I am in favour of exchange of border enclaves in Coochbehar. But we have to do it amicably. Centre has to take the State Govt in confidence before taking any decision of border enclaves. You must also understand if enclaves are exchanged, pressure on Bengal will increase. There has to be proper process and rehabilitation package.
On the issue of Federal Front and if she is willing to lead one:
I am a small fry. I am a commoner. There are big people who can be the leader of a Federal Front. I support the idea of anti-communal front. But there must be ideological alliance.
Which party handles Centre-State relations better, Congress or BJP?
People of India will decide. Congress committed mistakes because of which they were voted out of power. But BJP is ruling India with 29% votes. They won because regional parties did not fight unitedly. If regional forces come together, BJP will lose.
On 125th Birth Anniversary celebration of Pandit Nehru:
They (Congress) are the host, we are the guest.
On Global Bengal Business Summit:
Representatives from various countries will come to Global Business Summit in Kolkata to be held in January, 2015. I cannot share details right now because of various protocols. But we are finalising the preparations.
On rising communal violence in India:
BJP is trying to incite communal violence. We respect Dharma Gurus. We do not support Danga (Riot) Gurus.
We have to maintain the unity of India. Nehru ji talked of unity in diversity. We have to preserve that. Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Vivekananda talked of Sarva Dharma Samanyaya. We have to protect the unity of India.