NEW DELHI :
WEST Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and raised the issue of the BSF’s territorial jurisdiction in the State, demanding that it be withdrawn. She also told Modi that the federal structure of the country should not be disturbed in any way. The Centre had earlier in October empowered the Border Security Force (BSF) to conduct searches, arrest suspects and make seizures up to an area of 50 km inside Indian territory from the International Border (IB) along India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders. Speaking to the media after the meeting, Banerjee said that she invited the Prime Minister to inaugurate the Global Business Summit which would be held in West Bengal next year.
The Chief Minister said that she raised the issue of violence in Tripura in which TMC workers were allegedly assaulted by BJP workers. On the upcoming Uttar Pradesh polls, she said, “If Akhilesh (Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav) needs our help, then we are ready to extend help.” Banerjee also clarified that she did not seek time with anyone other than the Prime Minister, saying she understood that leaders are busy with the Punjab polls. The TMC chief said that she will meet Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and NCP chief Sharad Pawar during her visit to Mumbai on November 30-December 1.