On his 2-day visit to West Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the Raj Bhavan in Kolkata. Both the leaders who have been locking horns over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) reportedly talked over the recently passed amendments and citizen’s list.
After the meeting, Trinamool chief told the media that meeting Prime Minister was a courtesy call as he has come to West Bengal. Mamata Banerjee said she told PM that people of the state are not happy and ready to accept the National Population Register (NPR), National Register of Citizens(NRC) and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
“I have asked Prime Minister to rethink on his recent steps,” reports quoted Mamata Banerjee.
Mamata Banerjee who has been leading the protests against the CAA and NRC from the front said PM has asked her to come to Delhi to churn on the contentious law since he has arrived here to attend some other programmes.
“I also reminded him that the centre owes around Rs 38,000 crore to Bengal including Rs 7,000 crore as relief for Cyclone Bulbul,” Ms Banerjee said.
As per the Prime Minister’s schedule shared by the PMO, PM Modi will be Bengal over the weekend to inaugurate some projects and attend ceremonies. During this, PM Modi and CM Mamata Banerjee will be sharing the stage twice, said reports.
Earlier today, the Prime Minister was received at the airport by state Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh and other dignitaries.
Notably, there were some people outside the airport protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act when PM arrived.