HIGHLIGHTS:

  • CM Mamata Banerjee is scheduled to meet PM Modi today at 5 pm
  • Before meeting PM Modi, Banerjee is scheduled to meet Subramanian Swamy at 3:30 pm
  • Mamata is expected to discuss the BSF jurisdiction issue, which has heated up the tension between Bengal’s ruling party and the Centre

Today, the West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) Supremo, Mamata Banerjee is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi at 5 pm. Prior to the meeting, she is scheduled to meet Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), MP Subramanian Swamy, at 3:30 pm.

In the meeting, CM Mamata is expected to discuss the Border Security Force (BSF) jurisdiction issue, which has heated up the tension between Bengal’s ruling party and the Centre. Talking to the media on Monday, she declared about the meeting with PM Modi. Mamata’s visit to Delhi is seen as her continued efforts to assemble the Opposition to defeat the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, reports suggested.

Back on November 16, the West Bengal legislative assembly passed a resolution against the Centre’s decision to extend the BSF jurisdiction from 15km to 50km on the international border of the state. It became the second border state after Punjab to pass such a resolution.

Following her victory at the Bhabanipur by-polls held on September 30 defeating closest rival BJP’s Priyanka Tibrewal, this is Mamata’s first visit to the capital city. In addition, her trip to the capital comes at a time when the Bengal CM is at a political high with a string of political leaders from various parties, including Congress and BJP, who have joined the TMC. Reportedly, the party also made a landslide victory in the recently concluded by-polls by wresting control in Dinhata and Santipur constituencies that were earlier won by the BJP.

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