MAMATA Banerjee Urges PM Modi To Dispatch Adequate Covid Vaccines

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee being projected as PM candidate by her ruling TMC  for 2024 Parliamentary elections, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the second day of her four-day visit to the National Capital on Tuesday, July 27. At about the 40- minute courtesy call, she apprised PM Modi of the  Covid-19 situation in the state and asked for more covid 19 vaccines. Vaccines should be provided as per the population, she added.  Banerjee also urged the PM  to look at the matter related to changing the state’s name. Bengal has received much less vaccines than required, she said.

Replying to a question, she said “Opposition unity will take shape on its own”. Amidst social media campaign by TMC leaders and activists projecting her as the only alternative to PM Modi, she had earlier met Kamal Nath, Senior Congress Leader & former CM of Madhya Pradesh, Deputy Leader of the Congress in the Rajya Sabha & ex-Union Minister Ananda Sharma. She is will call on  Interim Congress President Sonia Gandhi tomorrow to seek her party’s cooperation in fighting the surging BJP. After TMC’s sweeping victory in the recent assembly elections, she is aspiring to play a pivotal role in national politics and engaged in floating a front comprising opposition outfits to take on BJP led NDA  government at the centre and the states. Before boarding aircraft for Delhi on Monday,  Banerjee announced the nation’s first commission to probe alleged snooping by the Israeli spyware  Pegasus on some officials, Opposition leader Rahul Gandhi, MP,  some journalists besides her party’s General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee, MP, in an obvious attempt to enlist the support of opposition parties for fulfilling her cherished ambition to head a national coalition against the NDA government. The two-man commission of inquiry will be made up of the retired Supreme Court judge, Justice Madan Bhimarao Lokur, and the former Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court, Justice Jyotirmay Bhattacharya. It has to submit its findings and recommendations within six months from Monday, July 26. Edited by PK Chakravarty

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