Mamata leaves for New Delhi to meet PM, attend I.N.D.I.A conclave

Kolkata, Dec 17 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee left for New Delhi on Sunday for a series of official and political programmes, including a December 20 meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seek his intervention in getting the state’s dues including MGNREGA funds.

Sources said Banerjee, who took the 3 pm Delhi flight from the NSCBI airport here, is

scheduled to preside over a meeting of the TMC MPs of both Houses of Parliament on Monday at Banga Bhawan.

On the same day, she will meet some national leaders of the opposition parties.

Banerjee, also the Trinamool Congress Chairperson, will participate in the fourth meeting of the I. N. D. I. A bloc leaders on December 19.

There is some speculation that Banerjee will be accompanied by a Trinamool parliamentary delegation, including her nephew and party National General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee, when she calls on the PM on December 20.

Banerjee in recent meetings has raised the pitch against the BJP-led Central Government for alleged “withholding” of funds for the100 days work programme (under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act)/

“We are not begging as the 100 days work fund is our constitutional right and I am going to Delhi for this on December 18, 19 and 20 as I had already written a letter to the PM and sought his appointment on any of these three days,” she said.

Banerjee alleged the Centre has stopped its share of funds for health, Banglar Ghar (housing scheme) as also the rural road scheme.

“They are not giving their share of funds. Yet we have not discontinued any welfare and development schemes. They are not even paying the MGNREGA dues,” she reiterated.

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