Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee came face-to-face on Friday, mere days after the events in Karnataka at the swearing in of HD Kumaraswamy where the Opposition had made a massive show of strength with the 2019 elections in mind.
The pair met at Shantiniketan in West Bengal, shortly before the PM was scheduled to receive Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The Prime Minister arrived first, alighting from his helicopter and awaiting the receiving party. As can be seen above, after waiting on the helipad for a short while, PM Modi spots Mamata Banerjee heading his way.
As she makes her way across the grass towards him, he motions for her to avoid what looks like a muddy patch, which she does. As she reaches him, the PM bows with his hands together to greet her. As he does so, she places a dupatta around his neck and presents him with a bouquet. The PM hands both gifts over to his aide and shares a joke with Mamata Banerjee. The two don't converse for long as the Prime Minister moves to wave towards the gathered crowd before entering his car.
On Wednesday, Mamata Banerjee, while addressing the media alongside Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, had talked up the strength of regional parties and warned the BJP that those who clash with them would be destroyed.
"Jo Humse Takraayega, Woh Choor Choor Ho Jayega", Mamata Banerjee had said. Both the Prime Minister and Banerjee have presented political challenges to each other in the recent past. The PM had mentioned the panchayat poll violence in West Bengal on the day that the Karnataka election results were announced while the West Bengal Chief Minister had been one of the most vocal supporters of the JD(S)-Congress alliance coming to power in Karnataka and not the BJP.