Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Legislative Assembly and BJP MLA Suvendu Adhikari met Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday and discussed several issues related to the state. Adhikari was a minister in the erstwhile Mamata Banerjee-led government in West Bengal, but joined the BJP just ahead of the assembly elections in the state this year.
Shah’s office tweeted, “Suvendu Adhikari ji met Union Home Minister Amit Shah ji,” tweeted Shah’s office, sharing a picture of the Home Minister and West Bengal leader. Party sources said this was the official’s first meeting with Shah after becoming the leader of the opposition in the state assembly. He also met Central Mansukh Mandaviya. He will also meet BJP National President JP Nadda.
A source said the officials are also likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Leader of Opposition in West Bengal tweeted that he discussed many issues related to the state with Shah and sought his blessings for the welfare of Bengal. “Hon’ble Home Minister assured that he will always be available for Bengal,” he said.
Officers won from Nandigram seat
In the assembly elections held in March-April this year in West Bengal, Adhikari had defeated Trinamool Congress chief and state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in a tight contest in Nandigram seat.
Mamta Banerjee expressed displeasure
Significantly, the Trinamool leader was angered by the presence of the officer in the meeting between Modi and Mamata to review the damage caused by cyclonic storm ‘Yas’. A few days later, officials are meeting top BJP leaders. According to sources, Mamta Banerjee had reached the said meeting late and left after giving a report regarding the damage of the cyclone.