Mamata Banerjee and Narendra Modi meet after 16 months, both ‘have a good debate’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with political rival and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Delhi on Wednesday afternoon. The top agenda of the meeting was the betterment of ties between the Centre and the West Bengal government.

The Prime Minister’s Office twitter handle shared pictures of the two of them meeting at the official residence of Modi in Delhi.

After the meeting, Mamata Banerjee told the media that she had a good debate with PM Modi. She described their meet a “courtesy” call. “Issues of unemployment were raised. I will also be seeking an appointment with the home minister,” she said.

The chief minister added that Modi was extended an invitation to inaugurate Deocha Pachami, the second largest coal block in the world, after Durga Puja.

She also said that she raised the issue of renaming the state as well after the West Bengal Assembly earlier passed a resolution to rename the state as ‘Bangla’.  “Hence we have proposed the renaming keeping ‘Bangla’ in mind. The prime minister has assured all help.”

War of words between the two leaders had escalated before the Lok Sabha elections. Mamata accused the BJP of indulging in divisive politics, while the PM Modi flayed her for the political violence in the state. The two leaders last met in May 2018, at the annual convocation ceremony at Visva Bharati University in Shantiniketan.

Mamata met Modi’s wife Jashodaben on Tuesday at the Kolkata airport as she was on her way to Delhi to meet the PM.

Modi’s wife Jashodaben meets Mamata at Kolkata airport

Source : Various