Kejriwal-Mamata meet in Delhi, Trinamool says ‘courtesy call’
On Thursday, West Bengal CM and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee told reporters at the Bengal secretariat Nabanna that her visit to Delhi is aimed at attending a national conclave, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also be present.
Delhi chief minister on Friday met his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee in the national capital. The meeting took place at Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP and Banerjee's nephew Abhishek Banerjee's official residence in Delhi, news agency PTI reported. According to TMC sources, the meeting between the two chief ministers was a “courtesy call”.
Kejriwal was seen arriving at Abhishek's residence some time before. According to a 20-second video shared by news agency ANI, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo entered the place amid heavy security cover.
On Thursday, Banerjee told reporters at the Bengal secretariat Nabanna that her visit to Delhi is aimed at attending a national conclave, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also be present. However, she said there is no plan to meet Modi as she has to return to Kolkata to attend programmes on May Day and Eid-ul-Fitr.
Chief ministers of several states, including Odisha's Naveen Patnaik, Andhra Pradesh's Jagan Mohan Reddy and Chhattisgarh's Bhupesh Baghel, among others, were also pictured arriving in Delhi during the day. A joint conference of chief ministers and chief justices of high courts in presence of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana is scheduled for Saturday (April 30). Modi will inaugurate the event, while CJI Ramana will chair it. The conference will be held in the Supreme Court premises.
As far as Banerjee's visit to Delhi goes, this is her third visit since her party TMC registered a landslide triumph in 2021 West Bengal assembly elections. She had come to meet Modi in November last year too when Banerjee raised her state's demands before the prime minister, including the controversial extension of Border Security Force (BSF) jurisdiction.
(With inputs from PTI)