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Mamata in Delhi, unlikely to meet PM separately

Before leaving for the National Capital on Monday afternoon, the West Bengal chief minister had said she plans to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi separately during her visit to New Delhi.

Anjali Bhatia | New Delhi |

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who arrived here on Monday, is on a four-day official visit to Delhi Rajasthan. She attended a meeting of chief ministers at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the evening.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has convened the meeting of CMs of all the states to discuss the G20 summit to be held in India next year. However, Mamta Banerjee is not expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi separately.

Before leaving for the National Capital on Monday afternoon, the West Bengal chief minister, at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata, said she plans to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi separately during her visit to New Delhi. But there is no possibility of her meeting with the prime minister separately.

She, however, had made it clear that she would be attending the meeting at the Rashtrapati Bhavan not as the chief minister of West Bengal, but as the national president of the All-India Trinamool Congress (TMC).

During her four-day visit, Mamata Banerjee will go to Rajasthan on Tuesday to visit two iconic religious places, Ajmer Sharif and Pushkar Lake.

Before leaving for New Delhi, the chief minister said, “When I was the railway minister, I had made arrangements to connect these two religious places with the railways. It was my desire to visit both of these places for a long time, which I will fulfill this time.”

However, the CM did not even say whether there is any possibility of meeting leaders of other parties during her visit. But after returning to New Delhi on Wednesday, Mamata Banerjee is expected to meet all the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members of her party at the official residence of party MP Saugata Roy in New Delhi.