West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today visited the PMO to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Banerjee met Modi ahead of the opposition’s brainstorming to decide their candidate for the presidential election and on a day when BJP members organised a protest in Kolkata.
Talking to reporters after the meeting with Prime Minister, Banerjee said she talked about developmental issues and they had no conversation on the upcoming Presidential election.
When asked about the candidate for the Presidential election, Mamata said remembered former President Dr APJ Kalam, who was a consensus candidate. “If they (BJP) get the consensus candidate that will be very good, we will be happy to see that,” Banerjee said.
Reports on Wednesday said that the West Bengal CM wanted to seek more funds for her state to battle financial crisis and Ganga erosion. Before leaving for the national capital, Mamata told reporters in Kolkata, “… I will discuss the Ganga erosion problem and will ask for funds to deal with the problem of river erosion.” Banerjee has been seeking loan waiver for her state for long.
On Friday, leaders of Opposition parties would meet decide on a candidate for the Presidential election as the term of present President Pranab Mukherjee ends
on July 24.
In Kolkata, BJP workers today clashed with police during their march to the police headquarters. They were demanding the arrest of “corrupt” TMC leaders, prompting the force to
use teargas shells, water canons, and batons to disperse them.
BJP workers, who had taken out the procession towards the headquarters in Lalbazar area, were stopped by the police at Brabourne road. According to a PTI report, the BJP workers tried to break the barricades there to move forward, forcing the police to use force.