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January 18, 2020

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Mamata meets Modi, asks him to scrap CAA, NRC, NPR

Mamata meets Modi, asks him to scrap CAA, NRC, NPR
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Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday at Raj Bhavan here and said she had told the Prime Minister that her party was opposed to the amended citizenship Act and that he should withdraw it. “I told PM that we are opposed to CAA, NRC and NPR,” Mamata said after her meeting with Modi who is visiting Calcutta for a two-day visit amidst ongoing protests across the city against the contentious legislation.

“I told PM to withdraw CAA, NPR and NRC,” she said, adding that she met Modi regarding certain financial demands. The politically significant meeting between the two leaders took place a short time after the PM arrived in the city on a two-day visit. The meeting was held in the backdrop of the new citizenship law that has emerged as the latest flashpoint in the state, with Mamata’s Trinamool Congress opposing the legislation tooth and nail, and the BJP pressing for its implementation.

PM Modi, who will be in Kolkata on Saturday and Sunday, is scheduled to attend the function marking the 150th anniversary of Kolkata Port Trust on January 12 and several other programmes. During his visit, Modi will attend sesquicentenary celebrations of Kolkata Port Trust and hold a meeting with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

The prime minister will dedicate to the nation four refurbished heritage buildings in Kolkata — the Old Currency Building, the Belvedere House, the Metcalfe House and the Victoria Memorial Hall. The culture ministry has renovated these iconic galleries and refurbished them with new exhibitions, while curating the old galleries.

Modi will also participate in the sesquicentenary celebrations of the Kolkata Port Trust on Saturday and Sunday. The prime minister and the chief minister will share dais at the programme at Netaji Indoor Stadium. West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar will also be present. The prime minister is likely to stay at Belur Math, the headquarters of Ramakrishna Mission, on Saturday night.

The West Bengal administration has made elaborate security arrangements for the visit. Left Front activists, carrying placards with ‘Go Back Modi’ written on it, took out rallies at Dum Dum area – which is just 1.5 kilometres from the airport, where the PM lands in the evening in the city.

“We will continue our protest unless and until the Act is withdrawn. We don’t want Narendra Modi to come to Kolkata as it will vitiate the atmosphere of our state,” a protester said. Several organisations, both political and civil, had planned protest rallies across the city against the Citizensip Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

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