West Bengal (Kolkata)

Mamata Banerjee arrives in Delhi on a 4-day visit, scheduled to meet PM Modi Friday

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrived here on Thursday on a four-day visit and will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to discuss a range of issues, including GST arrears for her state.

Sources said Banerjee, who is also the Trinamool Congress supremo, met her party MPs and discussed with them the current session of Parliament and the way forward for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

He sought suggestions from him for the names of seven new districts recently announced in West Bengal.

On Friday, Banerjee is scheduled to meet President Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In her meeting with Modi, she is likely to discuss the GST dues for West Bengal, sources said.

Sources said the West Bengal Chief Minister will attend the NITI Aayog meeting on August 7, along with a meeting with opposition leaders.

With the TMC warming up to the Congress in Parliament, Banerjee may also meet the party’s oldest president, Sonia Gandhi, who is being probed by the enforcement.
directorate in money laundering case.

Meanwhile, TMC MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay said, “We met (Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj) Giriraj Singh and he had promised to resolve the MGNREGA issue within 48 hrs. It has been over a month and all I received is a dour-page answer which I have given to Mamata Banerjee.” With former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee under the Enforcement Directorate scanner 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 Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog on August 7, in which issues related to agriculture, health and economy will be discussed. The council meets regularly. Its first meeting was held on 8 February 2015.

Banerjee had missed the council meeting last year. She is expected to raise the issues of non-payment of GST dues and federalism in this year’s meeting.

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