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The Trinamool Congress government had to pay the price of pulling out of the Central government over its opposition to FDI in retail as the Centre shifted the venue for the Partnership Summit - 2013, a mega industrial summit, from Kolkata to Agra.
The summit is organised by the Union Commerce Ministry in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma announced in New Delhi on Wednesday that the Centre was compelled to shift the venue because of the "strident opposition and hostile attitude" of the state government to FDI. "I cannot bring corporate leaders to such a place where they can face demonstration on FDI,'' Sharma said.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee fumed over the move. "It's an act of revenge. We received no letter from the Central government,'' Mamata said on Wednesday.
West Bengal's Minister for Commerce and Industries Partha Chatterjee said that he would take up the matter with the CII.
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