Kolkata, Jan 11 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the Raj Bhawan ahead of attending the sesquicentenary celebrations of Kolkata Port Trust. After meeting the Prime Minister, Ms Banerjee said she has told Mr Modi that the state was against the new citizenship Act.
"We are against CAA and NRC and NPR. It should be ensured that no one leaves the country. There should not be atrocities on anyone. The government should reconsider NRC and CAA,” she said. The Prime Minister said, “I am here for other engagement, we can discuss the issue in Delhi," Ms Banerjee said.
"I have told PM that people in Bengal are not accepting NRC and CAA. He has said I am here for certain programmes so, he asked me to come to Delhi for a meeting. This was a courtesy call since he has come to West Bengal," the chief minister said.
Earlier, amid severe protests by the Trinamool Congress and Left-wing students, Mr Modi arrived in the city to take part in 150th-anniversary celebrations of the Kolkata Port Trust. Mr Modi was received by West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, Mayor of Kolkata and Minister Firhad Hakim and other dignitaries at the airport.
Meanwhile, thousands of protesters have gathered at Esplanade, barely 100m from Raj Bhawan gate where the Prime Minister was meeting Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Police are blocking the protesters holding barricades. (UNI)