Mamta Banerjee meets PM Modi, discusses BSF’s jurisdiction and Tripura issue

New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is on a three-day visit to Delhi, today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to reports Mamata demanded that the decision to extend BSF’s jurisdiction in the state be withdrawn and also discussed the violence in Tripura.

According to PTI, Banerjee invited the Prime Minister to inaugurate Global Business Meet in West Bengal to be held next year. Besides the BSF extension, she also raised several state-related issues. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) recently issued an order extending the BSF’s jurisdiction up to 50 km inside the international borders in border states, including West Bengal. The move has sparked a political brawl between the ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP.

“I have spoken about Tripura violence, informed the Prime Minister about what’s happening there and how Saayoni was targeted,” said Mamata Banerjee.

Mamata Banerjee also mentioned that the state is yet to get Rs 96,605 crore from Centre for natural calamities that massacred the state.

Talking about Bengal’s BSF jurisdiction, the chief minister also mentioned: “If BSF gets more power, it disturbs the law and order situation and one must know that law is a state subject.”

The CM said this in reference to the Cooch Behar case where BSF had indiscriminately fired.

Mamata said,”This is why, I requested the PM to discuss the issue and to make sure the federal structure isn’t unnecessarily disturbed.”

Speaking about Trinamool Congress entering various states for upcoming elections Mamata said: “TMC will fight from where it is needed. If Akhilesh Yadav wants us to support them in Uttar Pradesh, we will.”

Earlier in the day, Banerjee met BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. Following the meeting, Swamy laid speculations about him joining the Trinamool Congress to rest. “I was already with her (Mamata). There is no need for me to join the party,” he told reporters.


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