West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him to withdraw the extension of BSF’s jurisdiction in her state.
Mamata Banerjee told PM Modi that the federal structure of the country should not be disturbed in any way.
“I met Prime Minister Narendra Modi today over a number of state-related issues. We also spoke on the BSF’s jurisdiction extension issue and demanded that this decision be withdrawn,” Mamata said.
The Union ministry of home affairs had recently extended the jurisdiction of Border Security Force up to 50 km in border states, including West Bengal.
The Mamata Banerjee government had strongly opposed the Centre’s move stating that law and order was a state subject.
In a significant move, Mamata also invited the Prime Minister to open the Global Business Summit to be held in the state next year.
‘Discussed Tripura violence with PM’
The West Bengal chief minister also discussed the issue of violence in Tripura with the Prime Minister. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) claims that its workers are being targeted by the BJP in Tripura.
Mamata had described the situation in Tripura under the Biplab Deb-led BJP government as “atrocious” and asked why the human rights commission was “not taking a note of the ongoing use of brute force” in the Northeastern state.
‘If Akhilesh needs our help, we are ready’
When asked about the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, Mamata said that she is ready to help Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav if the need arises.
“If Akhilesh needs our help, then we are ready to extend help,” she said.
Mamata meets Subramanian Swamy
Mamata Banerjee also met BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, days after his meeting with the state’s Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar in Kolkata.
After meeting the TMC chief, Swamy said they discussed the political scenario in West Bengal.
When asked if he will join the TMC, the BJP leader said, “I was already with her. There is no need for me to join.”
Mamata is also scheduled to meet Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and NCP chief Sharad Pawar during her visit to Mumbai on 30th November-1st December.
Mamata is slated to be in the national capital till November 25. Her visit comes days ahead of the winter session of Parliament which is scheduled to begin on November 29.