Chief minister Mamata Banerjee will leave for Delhi tomorrow and is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday. Modi and Banerjee, who will meet for the first time after the Lok Sabha elections, might hold discussions on administrative issues.
“An appointment was sought by the chief minister’s office last week for an appointment from Modi’s office for the meeting,” an official said. The proposed meeting comes amidst the ongoing tussle between former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar and the CBI with the former failing to appear before the investigating agency in connection with the Saradha ponzi scam.
CBI has sought the state government’s assistance to make Kumar appear before it and has handed letters to the state chief secretary Moloy De, home secretary Alapan Bandhopadhyay and DGP Virendra, seeking to know about his whereabouts. According to sources, a host of issues may be taken up at the meeting, including the change of the state’s name, issues related to the MNREGA scheme and its funding, state’s intended takeover of the Dunlop factory, for which the President’s consent is awaited and others.