The West Bengal Chief Minister, Ms. Mamata Banerjee, has invited the Prime Minister to inaugurate with her a mining project in Bengal after the festival season and sought an appointment with the Home Minister, Mr. Amit Shah.
The cordial gestures after months of confrontation capped a face-to-face interaction between Ms. Banerjee and Mr. Narendra Modi that the Chief Minister described as 'absolutely, totally a government-to-government meeting'.
She requested the Prime Minister to inaugurate the mining project at the Deocha-Pachami coal block with her. The block — with reserves of over 2.1 billion tonnes, the potential to generate employment for over 1 lakh people and draw investments of at least Rs 12,000 crore — is touted as the second largest in the world.
'After Durga Puja and Navaratri get over — we are all very busy with Puja and allied festivals — if he can find some time, we can together inaugurate it in a good way. I invited him,' she said, referring to Mr. Modi.
The two leaders met for around 40 minutes in the afternoon at the Prime Minister’s residence. Ms. Mamata described the meeting as 'very good'.
She said she has sought an appointment from the Union Home Minister for a 'chair-to-chair' meeting, underscoring that she used to meet Mr. Rajnath Singh when he occupied the post.
'If the Home Minister is here tomorrow, if he can give some time, I would like to meet him as courtesy,' she said.