Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will leave for a five-day-visit to Delhi on July 25.
She is likely to meet the Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the tour. She would once again place the demands for the state that include restructuring of the debt. The Chief Minister is also supposed to attend a dinner at Rastrapati Bhavan on July 25 where Prime Minister will also be present. Besides placing the demand for restructuring of the debt, she would also raise the issues like reduction in allotment of funds for the Centre aided projects and kerosene oil for the state during the meeting with the Prime Minister.
She had been to Delhi on July 16 to attend the Interstate Council Meeting which was headed by Modi. Banerjee had a plan to meet Modi during her previous visit to discuss the issues related to the state. But it was finally not possible due to time constraints. According to the sources, the meeting of Mamata and Modi is quite certain during her stay in Delhi from July 25-29.
It may be mentioned that Monsoon Session in both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha is on. Thus, she would also hold a meeting with her party’s MPs in Delhi and as she had said in her July 21 Martyrs’ Day rally, she would support the regional parties to fight against BJP as it is destroying the federal structure of the country. She had said that she will help her “friends” but she didn’t wish to be the Prime Minister. Thus, it is expected that she would meet leaders of the regional parties during her visit to Delhi. It is learnt that Banerjee will be meeting Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and leaders including Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav.
According to the political analysts, the visit of Banerjee to Delhi is quite significant. The reason being this would be the first one-on-one meeting of the Chief Minister with Modi, after she returned to power with such an overwhelming mandate. Now everyone needs to wait and watch the outcome of the meeting. But it can be expected that the Centre would provide more support to the state government for the development of West Bengal.
Again, the meeting with leaders of the regional parties is of quite political significance as it will leave a deep impact in the national level and it will have a far fetching impact on the Lok Sabha Polls in 2019.