Mamata Banerjee Meets Prime Minister Modi; Discusses Covid, Demands More Vaccines For Bengal

This is the first proper meeting between both the leaders after Mamata Banerjee’s consecutive win as a West Bengal chief minister for a third consecutive year.

On Tuesday, Mamata Banerjee met Prime Minister Narendra Singh Modi – the first famous meeting between both the leaders after Banerjee became the chief minister of West Bengal for the third time. It was a very brief meeting between both of them when PM Modi visited West Bengal to go through the severe damage caused due to Cyclone Yaas in May 2021.

Naming it as a “courtesy” meeting, Banerjee who is also the chief of Trinamool Congress (TMC) told reporters that she had an issue regarding the ongoing coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic and also requested more medications and vaccines for West Bengal.

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“At the time of the meeting, I raised the question regarding the issue for more medicines and vaccines in the state. I also had a conversation regarding the issue of the pending name change of the state. After stating such issue, PM said, “He will see,” Mamata Banerjee quoted saying this to the news agency.

Her visit and issues come at a time when a monsoon session is already going on in Parliament on which opposition parties are protesting on different issues which include allegations of surveillance through the rise in price, Pegasus spyware, and repeal of three farm laws.

Mamata Banerjee suggested that Prime Minister Narendra Singh Modi should call an all-party meeting over the controversy of Pegasus hacking, and demand a supreme court-monitored probe into the matter. The request from a chief minister for a probe came exactly after a day when the government of West Bengal ordered an inquiry into the snooping scandal, the first state in India to do this.

Earlier, the leaders of Congress party Anand Sharma and Kamal Nath met the chief of Trinamool Congress, Mamata Banerjee.

‘I appreciate her for the efforts she made and how she won the election and fought the recent polls. She had the first visit to Delhi after winning the elections of West Bengal chief minister, so I came, we had a formal conversation and had tea with her,’ Sharma told media after the meeting.

Mamata Banerjee, who is in the capital since Monday, is also expected to meet the president of Congress party Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday, along with other leaders of the opposite party like Arvind Kejriwal, chief minister of Delhi and chief of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Sharad Pawar.

There has always been difficulty in getting vaccines because of a shortage of supplies. Whatever meeting has been conducted by Banerjee is for the safety of society and people living in West Bengal. Prime Minister will address the issue soon and respond to it.