The West Bengal CM said she told PM Modi that protests are going across the country against the CAA, NRC and NPR. Banerjee asked him to withdraw the amendments made to the Citizenship Act.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been opposing the amendments introduced in the Citizenship Act by the Narendra Modi government. On Saturday, PM Modi and WB CM Banerjee met for the first time, in Kolkata, after the passage of the contentious bill in the Parliament. Reportedly, Banerjee has asked PM to withdraw the CAA.
According to news agency, Press Trust of India, Banerjee told PM Modi to rethink on the issue of CAA. She has urged him to withdraw the CAA, National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR).
"I also told him that protest is going on across the country against CAA, NRC and NPR. I acquainted him that we are against CAA, NPR and NRC. I asked him that the Centre should rethink on the issues and withdraw CAA," she told the media after the meeting. The West Bengal CM said that PM Modi has told her to come to New Delhi to discuss the matter.
Banerjee termed her meeting with PM Modi as "courtesy visit". She has also raised issues regarding the due financial assistance that the state is yet to receive. “I told him about the Rs 28,000 crore that the state is yet to receive from the Centre,” Banerjee said.
PM Modi is on a two-day visit to West Bengal. His visit has also triggered a series of protests by the Opposition parties including the Left parties in Kolkata. Several students’ organisations are also protesting against the PM’s visit over the CAA, NRC and NPR; and the violence inside the Jawaharlal Nehru University.