West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banaerjee today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence in New Delhi. While going to meet PM Modi, Mamata Banerjee was seen carrying a kurta and sweets to meet and greet the prime minister.
The meeting between the two leaders comes at a time when the BJP is planning a mega event in West Bengal. This is the first time Mamata is meeting PM Modi post his electoral victory. It will be the first time, since PM Modi came to power for the second term, that Mamata Banerjee will be meeting the prime minister.
The Chief Minister was among those who wished the Prime Minister on his big day, wishing him on Twitter in both English and Bengali. She extended invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate the world’s second largest coal block in West Bengal and asked him fast-track approval to the state’s request for changing its name. The two leaders met in the national capital nearly after two years.
“The meeting with Prime Minister was good. We discussed changing the name of West Bengal to ‘Bangla’. He has promised to do something about the matter,” Banerjee said.
“If they (Centre) have alternate suggestions to rename the state, we will welcome them. We want to change state of name to Bangla and I have asked PM Modi for his suggestions as well,” she said.
The state government had suggested ‘Paschimbanga’ in 2011, but it was turned down by the central government. In 2016, In 2016, the state proposed ‘Bengal’ in English, ‘Bangla’ in Bengali and ‘Bangal’ in Hindi, which was also turned down.