Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday returned to the city after an eight day European tour.
Senior state government officials including the commissioner of city police Rajeev Kumar and DG Surajit Kar Purakayastha went to the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport to receive her on Saturday morning. The mayor Sovan Chatterjee and Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandopadhyay also returned with her.
Banerjee had been to the Vatican City to attend the canonisation programme of Mother Teresa. From Italy she went to Germany where she met senior officials of BMW, representatives of various chambers of commerce and businessmen. She urged them to invest in Bengal and assured every help and cooperation. She invited the German manufacturers, businessmen and members of chambers of commerce to attend the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) scheduled to be held on January 20-21, 2017.
The state Finance minister Amit Mitra who led a 29-member business delegation to Germany visited the BMW factory in Munich and held a three hour long discussion with the top bosses of the automobile giant. He also met businessmen and members of different chambers of commerce at Dusseldorf and Stuttgart.
The Chief Minister will have a hectic schedule next week. She will address the residents of Singur on September 14. The residents are waiting anxiously to welcome her. It was Banerjee who led the save farm land movement that finally led to the collapse of the Left Front government in 2011.
She had promised to return the land back to the farmers but could not do so because of a court case, The Supreme Court had declared the land acquisition illegal and instructed the state government to return the land within 12 weeks.
Banerjee will hold a crucial of the policy making committee of Trinamool Congress at her Kalighat residence also next week. The important issue of the party filing its candidates in UP, Uttaranchal, Punjab and Manipur assembly elections is likely to be discussed at the meeting.