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Manmohan to visit Kolkata on Tuesday

Manmohan Singh arrives in Kolkata on Tuesday for a few hours to lay the foundation stone of a science institute.

india Updated: Jul 10, 2006 15:44 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrives in Kolkata on Tuesday for a few hours to lay the foundation stone of a science institute amid plans by the Trinamool Congress to block roads to protest rising prices of essential commodities.

Manmohan Singh would land in Kolkata around 10.30 am and drive straight to Salt Lake to inaugurate the National Institute of Science Education and Research at the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics.

From there, he would go to the governor's residence Raj Bhavan in central Kolkata around 12 noon.

Official sources said the prime minister would hold separate meetings in Raj Bhavan with Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi and Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya on different issues, including the future of the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC) that had recently been brought under the Sixth Schedule of the constitution.

He would leave for New Delhi late afternoon.

While the Congress has criticised the programme by the Trinamool Congress for staging its protest on a day the prime minister is visiting the city, party supremo Mamata Banerjee said her programme would not disrupt Manmohan Singh's movement.

"Our programme is between 12 noon and 1 pm when the prime minister would be inside the Raj Bhavan," Banerjee said.