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

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

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

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

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

“I met Prime Minister Narendra Modi today over a number of state-related issues. We also spoke on the BSF’s jurisdiction extension issue and demanded that this decision be withdrawn,” Banerjee told reporters in after meeting the Prime Minister. 

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

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

Mamata Banerjee is slated to be in Delhi till November 25. Her 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 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 will be helping Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections, she said, “If Akhilesh needs our help, then we are ready to extend help.” 

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

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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.

The BSF, which was only empowered to take action up to 15 kilometres in the states of Punjab, West Bengal, and Assam, has now been authorised to extend its jurisdiction up to 50 km without any hurdle or permission either from central or state governments. (With inputs from ANI)

first published:Nov. 24, 2021, 6:26 p.m.

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