'Go Back Modi': West Bengal on Modi's two-day visit

'Go Back Modi': West Bengal on Modi's two-day visit

'Go Back Modi': West Bengal on Modi's two-day visit

This dramatic development came after Union minister of state for shipping Mansukh Manda-viya, who came to the city on Friday, visited the Trinamul Congress chief at the state secretariat Nabanna in the afternoon and personally requested her to attend the 150th year celebrations of the Kolkata Port Trust, that Modi will inaugurate at Netaji Indoor Stadium on Sunday morning.

The West Bengal BJP leadership, however, said it is expected that in a federal structure, a chief minister will be present at a government programme attended by the prime minister.

According to Raj Bhavan sources, 9 pm has been "reserved for a meeting", which fuelled the prospect of the CM-PM meeting.

The West Bengal government has planned a foolproof security arrangements to counter any untoward incident during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two-day visit to the city from Saturday. "She boycotted the all-party meeting against citizenship law that Sonia Gandhi convened in Delhi on January 13 but fixed an appointment with Modi on January 11", said state Congress President Somen Mitra.

"Here's a suggestion, next budget meeting, consider inviting the Finance Minister", the Congress said on its official Twitter handle, using the hashtag "FindingNirmala".

Mamata termed her meeting with PM Modi as "courtsey visit" and said she has raised issues regarding the due financial assitance that the state is yet to receive.

Mamata Banerjee participates in protests against Citizenship Amendment ActMamata Banerjee participates in a demonstration being held by Trinamool Chhatra Parishad in Kolkata, against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Ever since the BJP emerged the main contender of the TMC in West Bengal following the Lok Sabha poll results, Modi and Banerjee have not shared the dais at any government programme.

Prime Minister Modi will be on a two-day visit to the city from January 11 and will arrive in the city in the evening.

Ahead of the Union Budget for 2020-21, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met economists and sector experts at the Niti Aayog to discuss the state of the economy and steps which can be taken to revive growth which is projected to drop to 5 per cent this fiscal.

While the high-profile meeting was attended by Home Minister Amit Shah, among others, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was not present at the meeting. Mamata said, "double standards" of the Left Front and Congress will not be tolerated. Banerjee's Trinamool Congress is opposing the contentious legislation tooth and nail and the BJP is pressing for its implementation.

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