West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on September 18. The two are expected to meet at around 4.30 pm.While Banerjee has described her visit as “courtesy” call, she would be taking up various issues such as central funds that are due to the state, reports India Today.
On September 17, Banerjee told reporters that she would also raise issues such as the state’s name change and matters like merger of public sector banks (PSBs) during the meeting.
"I go to New Delhi very rarely. This is a routine work. This time I am going to talk about funds that are due to West Bengal. I will also highlight issues like change of West Bengal's name,” Banerjee said.
In July 2018, the West Bengal Legislative Assembly passed a resolution to change the state's name to "Bangla" from West Bengal. As per the procedure, the resolution was sent to the Union Ministry for Home Affairs for its approval.
The Modi government has so far refused to ratify the West Bengal government’s decision citing the need for a Constitutional amendment to do so.
Reports suggest that Banerjee could raise other issues such as BJP’s repeated push to implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in West Bengal and issues related to the East-West Metro project.This would be their first official meeting in 15 months and also the first since the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
PM Modi and Banerjee last met at the convocation ceremony at Visva-Bharati University, Shantiniketan in May 2018. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was also present.