Friday, 23 February, 2018

Presidential polls: Mamata to visit Delhi, plans to discuss on joint candidate

Presidential polls: Mamata to visit Delhi, plans to discuss on joint candidate Presidential polls: Mamata to visit Delhi, plans to discuss on joint candidate
Johnnie Parks | 28 May, 2017, 03:10

In what could spell fresh trouble for the proposed Teesta water sharing pact between India and Bangladesh, West Bengal CM and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee pointed out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday the problems the state faces for sharing river waters with the neighbouring country.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and reportedly discussed development of her state.

Banerjee, speaking to the media before leaving for the national capital at the city airport, said she has asked for an appointment with the Prime Minister within the next two days.

In another significant development, the West Bengal BJP has said it will organise a law-violation programme - "Lalbazar Abhijan" - in Kolkata on Thursday, the day Ms Banerjee will meet Mr Modi. Prominent opposition leaders have been invited for the meet where the issue of selecting a consensus candidate for the presidential election is to be discussed.

Among the names doing the rounds as consensus candidates of opposition are of former Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar.

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Mrs Gandhi has called a luncheon meet of all Opposition parties on Friday to discuss a common presidential candidate. Rs 10,500 is due to Bengal under various central schemes, of which we have got only Rs 2,000 crore. "He said he will look into the matter", said Banerjee.

She further added, "Whenever, I visit Delhi, I try to speak to centre". "It was the BJP and the CPI (M) that started the violence".

"You can see how they have beaten up the police".

"Also, Bangladesh has doubled import duty on mangoes, causing distress to Bengal growers".

Showing pictures and videos from her mobile, Banerjee claimed police personnel, including women, were assaulted by the BJP and Left activists during their protest marches.

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