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Mamata Banerjee to meet Narendra Modi tomorrow, likely to seek more funds

New Delhi: Ahead of the Opposition's huddle to decide on a consensus candidate for the presidential poll, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday to seek more funds for her state for tackling the financial crisis and Ganga erosion.

File image of Mamata Banerjee and Narendra Modi. Reuters

File image of Mamata Banerjee and Narendra Modi. Reuters

During her stay in the capital, Banerjee is also likely to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

The chief minister will meet the prime minister on Thursday, said a close aide of Mamata.

Her meeting with Modi comes in the backdrop of Banerjee, known for taking a strong position against the BJP, intensifying efforts for a joint candidate for the presidential race.

Before leaving for the national capital, she told reporters in Kolkata, "... I will discuss the Ganga erosion problem and will ask for funds to deal with the problem of river erosion."

Banerjee has been seeking loan waiver for her state for long.

Opposition parties are slated to meet on 26 May in New Delhi to decide on a candidate. President Pranab Mukherjee's term ends on 24 July and the election has to take place before that.


Published Date: May 24, 2017 20:33 PM | Updated Date: May 24, 2017 20:34 PM

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