West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi. (Image: Twitter/@PMOIndia)
New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Friday and the two leaders are understood to have discussed several issues. Banerjee arrived on Thursday on a four-day visit.
Sources in her party had earlier said that she would discuss several issues with the Prime Minister, including West Bengal’s GST arrears. The Prime Minister’s Office has posted a photo of the meeting between the two leaders.
The West Bengal Chief Minister will attend the Niti Aayog meeting on August 7, along with a meeting of leaders of opposition parties. With the TMC supporting the Congress in Parliament, Banerjee may also meet old party president Sonia Gandhi, who is under investigation by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case.
Meanwhile, TMC MP Sudeep Bandopadhyay said, “We met (Union Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister) Giriraj Singh and he promised to resolve the MGNREGA issue within 48 hours. It’s been more than a month and all I got was my one-page reply to Mamata Banerjee.” With former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee under the scanner of the Enforcement Directorate in the cash-for-jobs scam in the state, sources indicated that Banerjee is unlikely to address the media.
Prime Minister Modi will chair the NITI Aayog Governing Council meeting on August 7, where issues related to agriculture, health and economy will be discussed. The Council holds regular meetings. Its first meeting was held on February 8, 2015. Banerjee had missed last year’s council meeting. She is expected to raise concerns over issues of non-payment of GST dues and federalism in this year’s meeting.
(with inputs from PTI)
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