West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi and raised the issue of the BSF’s territorial jurisdiction in the state,
She also told Modi that the federal structure of the country should not be disturbed in any way.
“The BSF is not our enemy. (There will be) confrontation with the state, and law and order when BSF is given more power. I respect all central agencies… (but it) should not disturb the federal structure of the state…” she said, adding that the PM “listened to me patiently”.
Speaking to the media after the meeting, Mamata Banerjee said that she invited the prime minister to inaugurate the Global Business Summit which would be held in West Bengal next year.
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.”
The Centre has decided to extend the operational jurisdiction of the Border Security Forces (BSF)
The Centre had recently decided to extend the operational jurisdiction of the Border Security Forces (BSF) in the three states of Assam, West Bengal and Punjab, which share international borders.
While Punjab and West Bengal, headed by non-BJP opposition parties, have protested against the Centre’s decision, accusing it to be an act of centralisation of power.
The Centre defended the order by asserting that strengthening the BSF’s capacity to protect India’s international borders from illegal encroachments and cross-border crimes is necessary.