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Here’s what Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee discussed with PM Modi at the meet today

Mamata Banerjee told reporters that she discussed COVID-19 vaccine supply, COVID-19 situation, renaming of West Bengal, and the Pegasus Spyware case with the Prime Minister.

July 27, 2021 / 06:55 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wiht Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at an event. (File Image)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wiht Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at an event. (File Image)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid a “courtesy visit” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 27 at the latter’s residence in New Delhi.

Speaking to the media after the meet, the Bengal CM, who had clashed innumerable times with the Prime Minister during the run-up to and while the 2021 West Bengal Assembly elections were on, said this was the third time she had sought an appointment with PM Modi since the poll results were declared in May.

She said: “Once he went to Kalaikunda. We could not meet individually. This was a courtesy visit.”

Mamata Banerjee told reporters that she discussed COVID-19 vaccine supply, COVID-19 situation, renaming of West Bengal, and the Pegasus Spyware case with the Prime Minister. Refusing to divulge full details of her discussion with PM Modi, the Bengal CM only informed that she has sought augmented vaccine supply to the state so that the entire population can be vaccinated before the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic hits.

India Today quoted West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee as telling reporters: “We need more vaccines and medicines. West Bengal has got fewer vaccine doses in comparison to other states. The vaccination programme, however, has been good in Bengal.”

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Banerjee further told the media that a Supreme Court-monitored inquiry should be conducted into the Pegasus Spyware Case. Notably, her nephew Abhishek Banerjee has been named a potential target of the Israeli spyware that was allegedly used to snoop in on journalists and politicians among others.
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