West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Wednesday and her efforts to attain out to the PM invited a dig from the BJP which noticed it as “a classic example of opportunistic politics”.
Banerjee can be leaving for New Delhi on Tuesday for a likely assembly with the PM on Wednesday, state secretariat sources mentioned right here on Monday.
The two leaders are likely to maintain discussions on administrative problems with West Bengal on the assembly, they mentioned.
“An appointment was sought by the chief minister’s office last week from Modi’s office for the meeting. It will take place in New Delhi on Wednesday,” an official mentioned.
The proposed assembly between the 2 leaders has heated up the political situation in West Bengal as Banerjee has been one of many harshest critics of the BJP and Modi. She didn’t attend Modi’s swearing-in in May when he took over cost for the second time and stayed away from the Niti Aayog assembly in June.
The final time Banerjee and Modi met was on the Visva Bharati University convocation at Shantiniketan on May 25, 2018.
The opposition CPI(M) and Congress within the state too took a jibe on the proposed assembly calling it a “part of the political match-fixing” of BJP and TMC in Bengal. The anticipated assembly assumes significance as it can be held at a time when a number of leaders of the ruling Trinamool Congress and former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar are beneath the CBI scanner in reference to the Saradha ponzi scheme rip-off.
The Saradha group of firms had allegedly duped lakhs of harmless folks of about Rs 2500 crore by promising them greater charge of return on their investments.
The BJP, which is sparing no effort to rating over TMC earlier than the essential 2021 Assembly elections, discovered recent alternative to assault Banerjee saying that the CMO’s request to Modi’s workplace was in actuality Banerjee’s “desperate attempt” to save herself from the clutches of the CBI.
BJP nationwide secretary Rahul Sinha mentioned, “We all know the sort of language she (Banerjee) had used in opposition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi throughout elections and even after that. She by no means had any regard for the federal construction and had even mentioned she doesn’t really feel the necessity to respect Modiji because the nation’s prime minister.
“Now rapidly why she goes to Delhi is an open secret. Everybody is aware of why and for what she goes. This additionally brings out her nature as an opportunistic politician, who can go to any extent to get her goal served and neglect it as soon as the work is over”.
According to an one other senior BJP chief who didn’t want to be named, Banerjee has sought the assembly with Modi to save herself and her TMC leaders from the clutches of the CBI which is probing the multi-crore chit fund rip-off within the state.
“It is kind of apparent that she goes to Delhi to make an unofficial attraction to guarantee she and her celebration leaders aren’t touched by CBI. But it won’t work, our celebration leaders will ever compromise on the difficulty of preventing corruption.
All those that have looted public cash may have to go behind the bars,” he mentioned.
The saffron celebration which gained 18 out of a complete of 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal, solely 4 lower than TMC’s tally of 22, is eyeing to deseat Banerjee’s celebration within the 2021 state polls.
The Trinamool Congress has, nonetheless, termed the BJP claims as “baseless” and mentioned within the federal construction the chief minister is effectively inside her rights to meet the prime minister to focus on developmental problems with the state.
West Bengal PCC president Somen Mitra mentioned, “We have been saying for a very long time that each TMC and BJP are enjoying a set match in Bengal. She is going to meet the prime minister to be certain that CBI goes gradual within the chit fund rip-off probe”.
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