At around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his official residence. Today, CM Banerjee’s convoy was observed approaching New Delhi’s 7 Lok Kalyan Marg.
This was the first official meeting between Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi since the two led their respective parties to victory in West Bengal’s recent Assembly elections.
Ms Banerjee reportedly discussed issue of COVID & need for more vaccines & medicines in the state. They also discussed about pending issue of the change of name of the state.
The two leaders had met briefly in May, when Banerjee’s move to skip PM Modi’s Cyclone Yaas review meeting became a huge flashpoint between the Centre and Bengal. Banerjee left the meeting after handing over a report.
Banerjee met with Congress leader Kamal Nath earlier today. The Bengal Chief Minister’s three-day visit to Delhi is jam-packed with politically vital meetings, including a meeting with Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal are also expected to call on her.
Before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, Mamta Banerjee is preparing to play an important role at the national level. After meeting Mamta Banerjee, Kamal Nath told ABP News, The strategy for 2024 will be discussed with Sonia Gandhi. Mamata will meet Sonia Gandhi tomorrow morning.
On Tuesday, Mamta met Prashant Kishor as well. Tomorrow she is also likely to meet NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut.
On her Delhi visit, the BJP’s 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 vaccination scandal, post-poll violence and other issues.
Her efforts to unite Opposition parties will not succeed, state BJP president Dilip Ghosh claimed.
(With inputs from agencies)