PM Modi visits Kolkata, meets Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee.
PM Narendra Modi arrives in the city on a two day-visit amidst protests against Citizenship Amendment Act outside the airport.
Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, state municipal affairs minister Firhad Hakim, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh, and other senior BJP leaders welcome PM in Kolkata.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday after arriving in Kolkata on a two-day visit. The meeting was at Raj Bhawan, amidst ongoing protests across the city against the Citizenship Act.
After meeting PM Modi at the Raj Bhavan, Mamta Banerjee terms their meeting as a “courtesy call”. She told PM Modi that the state was against the new citizenship act.
“It was a courtesy call since he has come to Bengal. I told the Prime Minister that people of the state are not accepting the CAA, NRC, and NPR. I asked him to rethink these steps,” Ms. Banerjee said.
She adds further, “I have enlightened him about Rs 28,000 crore which is due towards the state fund, even after clearing debt of Rs 54,000 crore. Additionally, Rs 7,000 crore is also due to us on the account of Cyclone Bulbul. This is the rightful due of the state and we should get it.”
However, PM Modi said that he was there for other engagements but will definitely talk about these issues in Delhi. “The prime minister said that I am here for other engagement we can discuss the issue in Delhi. So, PM Modi asked me to come to Delhi for a meeting,” informs Ms. Banerjee.
Protests on Modi’s arrival in Kolkata.
Hundreds of protesters participated in the protest at the Kolkata airport. Protests against the prime minister were also staged in other parts of West Bengal. The student activists were carrying posters saying “Go back Modi” at the airport.
Youth Congress activists assembled outside Kolkata airport and raised slogans against PM Modi demanding that he should not be allowed to land in Kolkata.
The Students’ Federation of India, the students’ wing of the CPI(M), has also called for demonstrations in several parts of Kolkata. Meanwhile, the Bengal unit chapter of Jamiat-e-Ulama Hind too has called for black flag protests.
The West Bengal administration has set a foolproof security arrangement to prevent any untoward incident during PM Modi’s two-day visit. “There will be an extra security cover alongside roads to keep a check on threats of protesters.”
PM Modi will take part in the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Kolkata Port Trust. During his visit, PM Modi will also inaugurate a light and sound show at Rabindra Setu (Howrah Bridge).