Centre, States need to work as “Team India”: PM

In his maiden visit to West Bengal as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on Sunday dedicated the Rs 16,000-crore revamped and modernised IISCO Steel plant at Burnpur to the nation. Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister said the Centre and states should work together as ‘Team India’ to solve national problems like they have worked to resolve issues like the Indo-Bangla Land Boundary Agreement.

“If issues with foreign countries can be resolved through the spirit of ‘Team India’, solving domestic issues will be very easy,” he said after inaugurating the modernised IISCO Steel Plant in west Bengal.

Observing that the bill to give effect to the Indo-Bangla accord was passed unanimously by Parliament, Modi said all political parties and states like West Bengal, Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Tripura worked “shoulder to shoulder with the Centre” to resolve this issue. Vowing to work with the states to “take India forward”, the Prime Minister said it has been a “misfortune” that in the past there have been tensions between states and the Centre. “I too have been a Chief Minister for many years and I know that this attitude (of the Centre) towards states will not help anyone. Our Constitution has given us a federal structure. But unfortunately Centre-state relations have always come under stress”, he said.

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