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Kolkata tour of PM Modi fraught with an uncertain itinerary

Whether West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will share the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the function to mark Kolkata Port Trust's 150th anniversary on Sunday is still not known

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will go on a two-day visit to Kolkata from 11 January. During the tour the next day, he is scheduled to attend a ceremony organised on the occasion of 150th anniversary of Kolkata Port Trust and dedicate the heritage buildings to the nation.

According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), on Saturday, the Prime Minister will dedicate four heritage buildings in Kolkata to the nation. The PMO said that these buildings include Old Currency Building, Belvedere House, Metcalfe Hall and Victoria Memorial Hall.

The Union Ministry of Culture is developing cultural sites around such famous buildings in various metro cities. Under the project come heritage sites of Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Varanasi.

On Saturday and Sunday, Modi will participate in the Kolkata Port Trust event. He will present a cheque of Rs 501 crore as a final settlement to meet the shortfall in the pension fund of the current and retired employees of the port trust.

Will Mamata be showered on Narendra in Kolkata?

Amid nationwide protests by leftists and Muslims against the amended citizenship law, there remained uncertainty on Thursday whether West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would share the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the function to mark the 150th anniversary of Kolkata Port Trust here on Sunday. A senior Trinamool Congress leader said that Banerjee’s participation in the programme has neither been confirmed nor denied.

According to sources in the port trust, Chief Minister Banerjee has been invited to the function.

State BJP leaders to complain to PM of propaganda against CAA

A delegation of Bengal BJP leaders is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his two-day visit to Kolkata to inform him of the steps taken to counter the Trinamool Congress’s “campaign of calumny” on the new citizenship law, a party source told Sirf News. He said that the members of his party are planning to make the prime minister aware of the “deteriorating law and order situation” in the state during the meeting to be held at Raj Bhavan.

A senior BJP leader of the state said, “We would like to meet the honourable prime minister separately during his visit to make him aware of the deteriorating law and order situation in the state. We will tell Modi ji how the state government gave an open exemption to the intruders during the protests in December.”

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