New Delhi: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday met PM Narendra Modi at his residence in New Delhi. While going to meet PM Modi, Mamata Banerjee was seen carrying a kurta and sweets to meet and greet the prime minister.
“I have reminded Prime Minister Narendra Modi of our long-standing demand to change the name of West Bengal. My MPs have met him in this regard,” Mamata told reporters after meeting the Prime Minister.
She said she has also invited him for the inauguration of ‘Deocha Pachami’ programme after Puja festival.
Saying that she has given Prime Minister Modi a number of papers on what her government in the state has done so far, she said she has also requested the PM to write off debts.
The meeting between the two leaders comes at a time when the BJP is planning a mega event in West Bengal. This is the first time Mamata is meeting PM Modi post his electoral victory.
The Chief Minister was among those who wished the Prime Minister on his big day, wishing him on Twitter in both English and Bengali.
Before leaving for New Delhi, Mamata at the Kolkata Airport said that her meeting with the Prime Minister was a ‘courtesy meet’ and a ‘constitutional obligation’ to work for the country.
“I go to Delhi rarely. This is routine work. I will take up with the Prime Minister issues like funds that are due to West Bengal, change in the state’s name, the merger of public sector banks, issues with Air India, BSNL, Railways. The employees in all these sectors are facing a lot of problems and they have nowhere to go but come to us,” she said.
A vocal critic of the Narendra Modi government, Mamata Banerjee has recently refusing to implement the Motor Vehicle Amendment Act, 2019 in her state, saying it will be like an extra ‘burden’ on the people of her state.
She has also slammed the Centre for the National Register of Citizens (NRC) list, saying it will not be able to ‘shut Bengal’s mouth as it did in Assam.’