Mamata Banerjee also said she invited the prime minister to inaugurate the Global Business Summit to be held in the state next year.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, said expansion plans for her party, the Trinamool Congress, are well underway, with trips to the Prime Minister’s constituency Varanasi and Mumbai already in preparation.
Speaking to reporters after meeting Modi, Banerjee said she had raised the issue of the territorial jurisdiction of the BSF in West Bengal, demanding its withdrawal. “Giving more power to the BSF leads to a public order confrontation with the state police. We are not against the BSF. It is not fair to disrupt the federal structure for no reason, ”she said.
The chief minister also said she invited the prime minister to inaugurate the World Business Summit to be held in the state next year. “I also told him that we would get Rs 96,655 crore from the Center which is pending membership fee. How will states operate if the money owed by the Center is not provided? Whatever political differences we have… our ideologies are different but this should not affect the state-center relationship. If States develop, then the Center will develop, ”she said.
The chief minister said she raised the issue of the violence in Tripura, during which TMC workers were allegedly assaulted by BJP workers.
Regarding the elections in Uttar Pradesh, Banerjee said she was willing to help Samajwadi party leader Akhilesh Yadav if he needed help from the TMC. “If Trinamool can help defeat the BJP at UP, we will go… If Akhilesh (the leader of Samajwadi Akhilesh Yadav) wants our help, we will help him,” she said.
The TMC leader also said that although his party has “started” in Goa, regional parties are expected to beat him in some states. “We started in Goa and Haryana… but I think some places let the regional parties fight. If they want us to campaign, we will help them, ”she said.
Days after inducting two top congressional leaders into her party, Banerjee said she had no plans to meet with party chair Sonia Gandhi on her trip this time. Congress leader Kirti Azad and former Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee chairman Ashok Tanwar officially joined the party on Monday.
“This time I only asked the Prime Minister for time. The leaders are all busy with the Punjab polls. Work first… Why should we meet Sonia every time? It’s not constitutionally mandated, ”she said when asked if she was meeting Sonia Gandhi.
Banerjee also said she would be going to Varanasi since “Kamalapati Tripathi’s family are now with us”.
Rajeshpati Tripathi and Laliteshpati Tripathi, the grandson and great-grandson of former UP Chief Minister Kamalapati Tripathi, joined the Trinamool Congress in October.
The TMC chief also said she would meet Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and NCP chief Sharad Pawar during her visit to Mumbai from November 30 to December 1.
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