MEA denies reports of Mamata ‘denied’ permission to visit Chicago

MEA denies reports of Mamata ‘denied’ permission to visit Chicago

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New Delhi, Sep 13: Hours after West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee sought to attack the Centre saying that she could not visit Chicago to attend Swami Vivekananda function due to 'unholy conspiracy', the government has denied denying the permission.

In response to reports in a section of the media regarding 'denial of permission' to Ms Banerjee to visit Chicago to attend the 2nd World Hindu Conference, MEA Raveesh Kumar said, "We did not receive any request for clearance regarding the visit of Mamata Banerjee to Chicago for the event. The reports about the denial of permission are, therefore, not true."

The Chief Minister had on Wednesday maintained that alleged refusal of permission to visit Chicago had given her "a lot of pain".

Last month, there was a minor controversy related to Mamata Banerjee's 'cancelled China' trip when she had penned a poem titled 'Untouchable' targeting the BJP-led regime for allegedly disallowing her visit to China and also on a cancelled 'invitation' from Delhi's St Stephen's College.

For its part, BJP leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had challenged Trinamool Congress supremo to try penning poems on the violence during panchayat polls in West Bengal.

"Panchayat chunao mein hinsa kale dhabbey they....Mamataji ko us par bhi kavita likhna chahiye (Unprecedented violence during panchayat elections in Bengal was like black spot in democracy. She should pen poems on those violent incidents too)," Prasad told reporters on August 7. (UNI)