Row Bursts When Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee Pays Short Visit To PM Meeting, Leaves Early | India News
However, the CM said: “I told the prime minister to ‘please do what you think is necessary’ before taking his permission to leave. But we probably won’t get anything at all. ”
She added: “The prime minister called a meeting (in Kalaikunda). But he had a meeting in Digha that was scheduled earlier. So I went to Kalaikunda together with the head secretary of state, met with the prime minister and gave him a report (on the damage). I also proposed two schemes. I told him that I had flown from Sagar because he wanted to meet me and then I asked his permission to go (to Digha). ”
BJP and the Center saw the events in a very different light. Central officials said no one from the West Bengal government received the prime minister and he, along with Governor Jagdeep Dhankar, waited a while. No state official was allowed to make a presentation to Modi and the electronic copy remained loaded on the screen without being used as the CM entered and left the meeting after handing over some documents to the prime minister, they said.
The leader of the opposition in the Bengal Assembly, Suvendu Adhikari, wrote on Twitter: “Today is a dark day in the old spirit of cooperative federalism in India, a principle that Prime Minister Modi considers sacred. The way Didi behaved with the PM reflects his dictatorial nature and his lack of respect for constitutional values. ”
While Modi carried out an aerial reconnaissance of the parts of East Midnapore devastated by Cyclone Yaas and announced a package of Rs 1000 crore in immediate relief for three states, 50% of which would go to Odisha, with the remainder divided between Bengal and Jharkhand, the political drama celebrated centrestage.
However, the meeting at Kalaikunda Air Force Base, attended by Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Debasree Chaudhuri, in addition to Adhikari, sparked a heated political debate. Although Adhikari’s presence was not specifically contested, BJP said he was there in his capacity as leader of the opposition. The leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was also invited but could not come because he was in Delhi.
The entire schedule for the PM-CM meeting was coordinated with the PMO, Nabanna officials said. It is known that the CM helicopter reached Kalaikunda around five minutes after the PM flew in from Odisha.