The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said the new government should take steps to end post-poll violence. Speaking to media at Kolkata Press Club after attending the swearing in ceremony, he said: “It is our expectation from the new government that it should take steps to end violence in West Bengal and we all hope that the government will act in this direction.”
Jaitley said if violence continues it would give wrong message to industrialists and investors who want to invest in the state. Justifying his presence at the swearing-in ceremony when the state unit of the BJP had boycotted it, he said BJP’s state unit might have differences with the ruling party but he had come to attend the ceremony in his constitutional capacity. “Two parties may have differences but the relation between two governments is constitutional,” he said. Jaitley had very cordial relationship with Mamata Banerjee and she had even attended his daughter’s marriage in Delhi on December 13, 2015.
Jaitley said there would be no change in the relation between the Centre and the state government and the latter would get its entire share. Though he did not say anything on the Centre’s package, he said, “We are aware of West Bengal’s financial crisis.”
The Union Finance Minister said GST Bill was a “national issue and not BJP’s issue” and most of
the state would be benefitted because of this.