Mamata asks Modi to withdraw CAA

Mamata asks Modi to withdraw CAA

Agency News

The West Bengal Chief Minister, Ms. Mamata Banerjee, on Saturday said she told the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, to rethink on the issue of amended Citizenship Act and urged him to withdraw CAA, NRC and NPR.

Mr. Modi told her to come to New Delhi and discuss the matter, she told reporters after their meeting at Raj Bhawan.

Ms. Banerjee termed her meeting as 'courtesy visit' and said she has raised issues regarding the due financial assitance that the state is yet to receive.

'It was courtesy meeting. I told him about the Rs 28,000 crore that the state is yet to receive from the Centre.

"I also told him that protest is going on across the country against CAA, NRC and NPR. I acquainted him that we are against CAA, NPR and NRC and asked him that the Centre should rethink on the issues and withdraw CAA," she said.

Soon after meeting Modi, Banerjee attended a TMC students' wing sit-in demonstration in the city against CAA.

Earlier, the Prime Minister's visit to Kolkata was met with protests from students' wing of the Trinamool Congress as well Left Front activists, both of which have been protesting against the amended Citizenship Act.

The Prime Minister arrived in the city on Saturday for a two-day visit. Governor Jagdeep Dhankar met him at the airport. Also at the airport was Dilip Ghosh, president of West Bengal unit of the BJP, as well as several BJP leaders.

The Left Front activists staged protests on Saturday against the new citizenship law in various parts of North 24 Parganas district.

The Prime Minister’s visit comes at a time when West Bengal has been witnessing widespread protests against the contentious Citizenship Act.