While the country is amidst massive protests against CAA and NRC, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to urge him to rethink the two propositions. Banerjee raised her strong opposition to the CAA and NRC and demanded that they should not be implemented.
PM Narendra Modi is on a two-day visit in Kolkata. He had to avoid travelling by road twice already due to the large protests in the city. People have been gathering at the airport and along the route, he was supposed to take.
Demonstrators were waving black flags and flying black balloons. They shouted anti-CAA slogans and carried banners that read "Go Back Modi". Protests organised by left supporters, Congress supporters, students organisations, youth organisations, and various political organisations.
The Prime Minister had to fly in an IAF chopper from Kolkata Airport to Royal Calcutta Turf Club.
Mamata Banerjee announced after the meeting that she told PM Modi that West Bengal is against CAA, NRC, and NPR. She said that no person should be thrown out of the country or face any kind of discrimination or torture.
She rushed to a dharna at Esplanade organised by her party and denied the allegation of the Left that she has a tacit understanding with Modi. She vowed that she will counter CAA.
PM's meeting with Ms Banerjee was brought forward due to a change in his itinerary as he wanted to stretch his visit to Belur Math, the headquarters of Ramakrishna Mission in Howrah. He wanted to spend the night on Swami Vivekananda's birth anniversary today.