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Modi-Mamata deal? Dilip Ghosh says CM ‘creating impression’; Tathagata Roy reasons why Delhi visit is unusual

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his official residence in the capital today. She is slated to meet President Draupadi Murmu in the evening. Banerjee, the supremo of BJP's rival Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, is in Delhi on a four-day visit. 

Banerjee's New Delhi visit comes at a time when her party colleagues are on tenterhooks over the actions of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for alleged acts of corruption, chiefly money laundering. Former Minister of Education and then of Commerce and Industries Partha Chatterjee — now expelled from the Trinamool Congress — is embroiled in the SSC teachers' recruitment scam. The No. 2 in the state dispensation, as well as the chief minister's nephew, Abhishek Banerjee, is under the scanner of agencies too.

Amidst the gossip in political circles of an impending implosion in the Trinamool Congress, with a section of its workers complaining that another section takes away all the 'loot' from the state, former Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh made a loaded statement yesterday, saying that Mamata Banerjee visits the capital to create an impression back home that she can make her party wriggle out of investigations by striking a deal with the Modi government. Trinamool Congress MP Sukhendu Shekhar Ray called the allegation "baseless".

In their counterattacks, Trinamool Congress highlights issues like inflation and GST.

The dismissal by Ray did not deter other leaders of the BJP. "Kolkata is agog with (the) apprehension of a ‘setting’, which means a secret understanding between Modiji and Mamata, whereby the thieves of Trinamool and/or the murderers of BJP workers would go scot-free. Please convince us that there wud be no such ‘setting’," former Governor of Tripura and Meghalaya, Tathagata Roy, known for voicing the concern of core voters of the BJP regardless of the stance of the rest of his party, tweeted.

Tathagata Roy lent more credence to Ghosh's remark by posting a tweet in Bangla that ruled out the possibility that this was a courtesy visit. He wrote, "(translated) There should be nothing unusual about a chief minister reaching Delhi and meeting the prime minister. But Mamata used to avoid it to create the impression she would rather chart her own path. But she changed the policy immediately after the (Partha Chatterjee-related) cash scandal, which does not come across as a normal course."

Curiously, Tathagata Roy sang a different tune in the next tweet. He said the way Mamata Banerjee made no effort to save Partha Chatterjee, who was bound to be jailed, she would not come to the rescue of other party colleagues either, "who are sweating while sitting on mountains of ill-gotten cash".

Mamata Banerjee is scheduled to attend a meeting of the Governing Council of Niti Aayog on 7 August, which the prime minister will chair on 7 August. Issues related to agriculture, health and the economy will be discussed in the meeting.

Earlier, during her Delhi visit, Mamta Banerjee had an important meeting with the party's MPs today. A tweet by the Trinamool Congress said that in this meeting, the current session of the parliament, the strategy for the general for the year 2024 and other issues were discussed. The outline of activities for the coming days was decided.

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Surajit Dasgupta
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Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sirf News Surajit Dasgupta has been a science correspondent in The Statesman, senior editor in The Pioneer, special correspondent in Money Life, the first national affairs editor of Swarajya, executive editor of Hindusthan Samachar and desk head of MyNation

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