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All eyes on Mamata-Modi meet in capital on Wednesday

New Delhi, Sep 18 (UNI) West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee is likely to hold an one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Wednesday.According to sources, the meeting is likely to discuss administrative and developmental matters vis-a-vis the state of West Bengal.

In Kolkata, Ms Banerjee said on Tuesday that among other issues she would raise the issue of renaming of West Bengal as Paschhim Banga. Incidentally, the meeting would come at a time when the Saradha chit fund probe case has taken an interesting turn with the scanner falling on a number of Trinamool Congress leaders and onetime Mamata’s trusted aide and former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar.

Trinamool sources, however, said no major political subject may be discussed as the structure of the meeting has been prepared on administrative issues. The Barrackpore Sessions Judge Court on Tuesday said the anticipatory bail application of Rajeev Kumar moved by his advocates was not maintainable. Mr Kumar remains untraceable, according to CBI. The CBI counsels have also equipped themselves with case diary to move for issuance of a warrant of arrest of the former Kolkata Police Commissioner for not cooperating with the central investigating agency in the Saradha scam despite Calcutta high court order. The last meeting between Mr Modi and Mamata Banerjee had taken place in May 2018.

This year’s Lok Sabha polls saw fiercest contest between Trinamool Congress and BJP and much to the chagrin of Ms Banerjee, the saffron party has managed to win as many as 18 parliamentary seats from the state where it did not have much organisational presence. Incidentally, Ms Banerjee had a chance meeting with Mrs Jashodaben, estranged wife of Prime Minister in Kolkata airport on Tuesday. Responding to birthday wishes from Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday, Prime Minister has tweeted: “Thank you so much Mamata Didi”. He also hastened to add one line in Bangla – “Mamata Didi, apnar shubhechha-r janya dhanyavad”.