West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday had left for Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday. While entering Kolkata airport, she confirmed that she is scheduled to meet the Prime Minister in Delhi. Putting all speculations to end on whether she would be meeting the PM or not, Banerjee termed the meeting as a 'courtesy call'. Banerjee will be meeting Narendra Modi on Wednesday evening.
Mamata Banerjee's decision to visit Delhi and seek appointment to meet Narendra Modi surprisingly came just a day when she tweeted that a "Super Emergency" has taken over. The Trinamool Congress supremo has time and again said that the country is going through 'Super Emergency' under the BJP-led NDA rule at the Centre. As the world observed International Day of Democracy on the 15th, she tweeted, "On the International Day of Democracy today (Sunday), let us once again pledge to safeguard the constitutional values our country was founded on. In this era of 'Super Emergency', we must do all it takes to protect the rights and freedoms that our Constitution guarantees,".
"It is our constitutional obligation to meet each other to work for the country.", said the Chief Minister while entering Netaji Subash Chandra Bose International Airport Tuesday. She also stated that the Centre owes the state some funds. She would also be speaking about the issue of public sector units and the merger of banks. A vocal critic of the privatization policies of NDA Government said that the employees of Air India and Indian Railways had met her in relation to privatization. Mamata Banerjee also hinted on the name changing of West Bengal to Bengal to be in her list when meeting PM.
Before leaving for Delhi, Mamata Banerjee wished the Prime Minister on his birthday on Twitter. The PM thanked her for the wishes as well. Banerjee also bumped into Narendra Modi's wife, Yashodaben at the airport. She exchanged greetings with PM's wife and gifted her a saree as well.
The meeting between the two leaders is the first one after the 2019 General Election results. The Chief Minister who is one the harshest critics of the NDA government did not attend PM Modi's swearing-in in May when he took overcharge for the second time. Banerjee also stayed away from the Niti Aayog meeting in June.
The scheduled meeting is happening at a time when a legal battle has cropped up between senior IPS officer and Additional Director General of West Bengal Police (CID) Rajeev Kumar and CBI in relation to the Saradha Chit Fund case. This has triggered speculations in political circles with the opposition hitting out at Banerjee, alleging that she is going to Delhi to save herself from the law after Rajeev's arrest.