New Delhi: On Friday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence in Delhi. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has shared a picture related to the meeting on Twitter. According to the report, CM Mamta and PM Modi discussed various issues including the arrears of Goods and Services Tax (GST) of the state.
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In fact, Banerjee, who is on a 4-day Delhi visit to attend the NITI Aayog meeting, will also meet President Draupadi Murmu later in the day. A meeting with opposition leaders is also scheduled for his visit to Delhi. Banerjee’s visit comes in the midst of a major controversy that has erupted in Bengal following the arrest of her former colleague and cabinet minister Partha Chatterjee in the school jobs scam. CM Banerjee will be in the city during the vice-presidential election, for which the BJP-led NDA has fielded former Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, who had several altercations with the TMC governor during his tenure at the Raj Bhavan.
The election will be held on 6 August. While the opposition has fielded Margaret Alva for the post, the Trinamool Congress has decided to stay away from the polls. The meeting of NITI Aayog is to be held on August 7. PM Modi will chair the meeting of the Governing Council, in which issues related to agriculture, health and economy will be discussed.
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata, who did not attend the Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog last year, is likely to attend the meeting on 7 August this time. TMC MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay said, “We met Union Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Giriraj Singh and he promised to solve the MGNREGA issue within 48 hours. It has been more than a month and all I have received is a counter letter, which I have given to Mamata Banerjee.
Sources indicated that Mamta may also address the media regarding former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee, who is involved in the teacher recruitment scam in the state. A day earlier, the Trinamool Congress supremo met MPs from his party and discussed with them the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament and the road ahead for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.