West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee met prime minister Narendra Modi at his residence in New Delhi on Wednesday, reports India Today.
As she reached Modi’s residence, Mamata Banerjee was seen carrying a kurta and sweets to greet the prime minister, a day after his birthday.
After the meeting, Mamata said that the meeting with the prime minister was satisfactory and fruitful.
She also invited Modi to Bengal to flag off the coal field project in Birbhum. ‘I have urged PM Modi to come and inaugurate world’s second largest coal block which is coming to West Bengal,’ Mamata Banerjee said.
It was the first time, since Modi came to power for the second term, that Mamata Banerjee met the prime minister.
After the meet, Mamata Banerjee said that she raised the issue related to the proposal of renaming West Bengal to Bangla.
Earlier, the state government had written a letter to the home ministry regarding the same. The TMC delegation also met Modi on this issue in the last session.
Mamata also raised the issue of development in the state. Mamata also said that disinvestment in Public Sector Undertakings were also discussed with PM Modi.
‘It was only a chair to chair meeting, not a political meeting. If Amit Shah can give me time, I would want to meet him once tomorrow for courtesy,’ Mamata said.
Mamata, while answering India Today TV’s question on the NRC, said, ‘Nothing was discussed on NRC with Modi. The BJP can make political statements wherever they want. My meeting with Modi was not political.’
Further, Mamata distanced herself from any political question or any statement on former Kolkata top cop Rajeev Kumar. She strictly kept her briefing to what was discussed with Modi.
‘Don’t ask me all these nuisance questions, didn’t discuss all this with Modi,’ Mamata said.
While leaving for Delhi on Tuesday, Mamata told reporters at the airport that she had to meet the prime minister to claim the dues the Centre owes West Bengal under the various Centre-state jointly sponsored programmes.
Mamata had wanted to meet Modi earlier at a time when former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar (he’s presently the West Bengal CID additional director general) was making rounds of courts to ensure the shield of protection against custodial interrogation by the CBI was not lifted.
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