Mamata Banerjee asks PM Modi to roll back BSF jurisdiction extension from West Bengal

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Mamata Banerjee said that she will meet Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar during her Mumbai visit on November 30 and December 1.

New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded withdrawal of the Centre’s decision to expand the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) in the state.

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo also discussed many issues related to West Bengal.

Banerjee told reporters after meeting the prime minister, “I met Prime Minister Narendra Modi today on several issues related to the state. We also talked about the issue of expansion of BSF’s jurisdiction and demanded the withdrawal of this decision.” ”

The TMC chief also spoke to PM Modi on the Tripura violence.

Earlier on Wednesday, Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy met Banerjee.

Mamta Banerjee is scheduled to stay in Delhi till November 25. His visit comes days ahead of the winter session of Parliament, which is scheduled to begin on November 29.

Talking to reporters, Mamata Banerjee also said that she will meet Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar during her visit to Mumbai on November 30 and December 1.

When asked if she would help Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections, she said, “If Akhilesh needs our help, we are ready to help.”

On Tuesday, former Congress leader Kirti Azad and former JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP Pavan Varma joined the TMC in the presence of Mamata Banerjee in the national capital.

The Center had earlier in October empowered the Border Security Force (BSF) to conduct searches, arrest and seizure of suspects in an area 50 km inside Indian territory from the International Border (IB) along the India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders. Had given.

The BSF, which was empowered to operate up to 15 km only in the states of Punjab, West Bengal and Assam, is now empowered to extend its jurisdiction to 50 km without any hindrance or permission from the central or state governments. (with inputs from ANI)

First published:November 24, 2021, 6:26 pm

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