KOLKATA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Kolkata on Saturday evening on a two-day visit amid massive protest mounted by various organisations over the CAA and NRC.
The Statesman reported that hundreds of protesters holding black flags staged a demonstration at Kolkata airport’s gate number one. Keeping in mind the security of PM, the police had put up a barricade to prevent them from crossing over the airport side.
From the airport, a chopper took the PM to the Royal Calcutta Turf Club (RCTC) and from there he left for the Raj Bhavan. As per the reports, as the convoy emerged outside the RCTC, protesters stood at the AJC Bose Road flyover flank and waved national flags, black flags and shouted slogans against CAA.
A group of SFI activists greeted Modi with posters saying "Go back Modi" at the airport.
This is Modi's first visit to West Bengal after BJP's impressive show in the last Lok Sabha election by winning 18 seats (out of 42) in Bengal. Last time, he came in April, 2019 to address public rallies in South Dinajpore and in Nadia districts.
State Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met the Prime Minister at Raj Bhavan. Addressing the media outside Raj Bhavan, Mamata Banerjee said, “It was a courtesy call since he has come to Bengal. I told him that people of the state are not accepting the NRC (National Register of Citizens), NPR (National Population Register) and CAA. I asked him to rethink these steps,” she was quoted by Statesman as saying.
She told that PM requested her to come to Delhi to discuss the issue as it is a national issue and he has come to Bengal for other programmes.
Another major discussion of the meet was about the amount that the centre owes to Bengal. “I also reminded him that the centre owes around Rs 28 crore to Bengal including Rs 7 crore as relief for Cyclone Bulbul,” she told.
After meeting the PM, Mamata went to participate in a demonstration held by Trinamool Chhatra Parishad in Kolkata against CAA and NRC.
The West Bengal administration had made foolproof security arrangements to prevent any untoward incident during Prime Minister’s visit. The Intelligence Branch had submitted a report to the state stating that as many as three organisations are planning large-scale gatherings at the airport and on the roads and show black flags to the prime minister.
Image Credit: The Statesman