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Humiliated by PMO, try to tarnish my image: Mamata in line about PM Modi meet | India News

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NEW DELHI: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday accused the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) of humiliating her after a brief meeting with Prime Minister Modi about the devastation caused by Cyclone Yaas took a turn controversial.
The central government, as well as several high-ranking ministers, had accused Mamata of missing the meeting and keeping Prime Minister Modi waiting.
Referring to the controversy, Mamata said she felt insulted that the BJP leaders and the state governor were summoned for the cyclone review meeting, which was to be between her and the prime minister.
“When we arrived, the meeting had started. They asked us to sit down, I asked them to allow us a minute to present the report. (The) SPG told us that the meeting will be after 1 hour. I saw empty chairs in the conference room It was said that the meeting was between CM and PM but why were there other BJP leaders ”, asked the head of Trinamool.
Mamata further said that she is willing to touch Prime Minister Modi’s feet for the well-being of the people, but that she will not tolerate insults.
“If the prime minister asked me to touch his feet for the welfare of the people of Bengal, I am ready to do so, but I should not be insulted,” he said.
Mamata accused Modi of playing “vendetta politics” as he has yet to come to terms with the defeat of the BJP in the recent West Bengal elections.
He also urged the prime minister to withdraw Friday’s order recalling West Bengal’s chief secretary.
“There should be some courtesy. The Center does not allow the state to function. Bengal is my priority and I will never put it in danger. I will continue to be a security guard for the people here,” he said.
The West Bengal prime minister added that tweets posted by various high-level ministers on the subject were intended to “tarnish his image.”
Controversy broke out on Friday over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kalaikunda for a cyclone Yaas review. The BJP and central government officials said Mamata practically skipped the meeting after putting some papers in Modi’s hands, saying she had other commitments.
The central government lashed out at the “behavior” of the West Bengal CM, calling it cruel and an unprecedented blow to decorum and federalism.
However, TMC told its own version of the story, saying that the meeting with the prime minister was scheduled in advance, but that Mamata was not given the time promised by the PMO.
Chief Secretary of State Alapan Bandopadhyay said Prime Minister Modi had given Mamata a separate hour, but when she arrived in Kalaikunda, she was forced to sit in a room and informed that as the review meeting had already started. , You’ll have to wait.
However, central officials said that 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 controversy deepened later Friday when the Center called the chief secretary of state.
(With inputs from agencies)



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