West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in Delhi; may meet PM Modi today
Mamata Banerjee is also expected to meet Congress leaders Kamal Nath, Anand Sharma, and Abhishek Singhvi during her visit that comes during the Monsoon Session of the Parliament and at a time when there have been talks about possible Opposition unity ahead of the 2024 general election.
July 27, 2021 / 09:23 AM IST
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee (Illustration: Moneycontrol)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrived in Delhi on July 26 evening on a five-day visit. This is Banerjee’s first visit to the national capital since her victory in the West Bengal elections in May.
The CM is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 27, two months after a row had erupted when Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders accused her of skipping the Cyclone Yaas review meeting attended by the PM, among other BJP leaders on My 28. Banerjee is likely to also meet President Ram Nath Kovind during her stay in Delhi.
Banerjee is also expected to meet Congress leaders Kamal Nath, Anand Sharma, and Abhishek Singhvi during her visit that comes during the Monsoon Session of the Parliament and at a time when there have been talks about possible Opposition unity ahead of the 2024 general election.
The CM will spend some time in Parliament and meet Opposition leaders.
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The BJP’s West Bengal unit alleged that Banerjee wants to be away from the state for a few days as she is facing criticism over the fake COVID-19 vaccination scandal, post-poll violence, and other issues. Her efforts to unite opposition parties will not succeed, state BJP president Dilip Ghosh said.
Banerjee told reporters earlier that the PM has given time to her for a meeting later this week while she would also like to call on President Ram Nath Kovind. She had, however, refused to disclose details of her proposed meeting with Modi.
(With PTI inputs)