- A recent decision from the Ministry of Home Affairs extending BSF’s jurisdiction up to 50km inside the international border alongside West Bengal, Punjab and Assam was met with much criticism
- In light of the above and to preserve the Centre-state balance, Mamata invited Modi to inaugurate the Biswa Bangle Global Business Meet to be held in 2022.
A political tussle has been ignited between Trinamool, BJP and Congresspertaining to the recent order that has been issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) that extends BSF jurisdiction in border states.
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee on a recent meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi put forth a demand for revoking the extension of BSF’s (Border Security Force) jurisdiction across the state.
Additionally, she also invited him to launch the Biswa Bangla Global Business Summit (BBGBS) scheduled for 2022. Modi has acknowledged this invitation, as communicated by the Bengal CM. Giving an insight into the content of the discussions, Mamata revealed that she mentioned to the PM the importance of maintaining a balance between Centre-State relations despite political and ideological disagreements, especially in a federal system.
This was primarily the reason she insisted on Modi inaugurating the BBGBS at Kolkata on 22nd April and in the process indicate the path to be followed by the industry.
MHA’s decision to extend BSF jurisdiction to 50km on the interiors of international borders including that of West Bengal stirred a political ruckus between the Trinamool and BJP.
Mamata, on her three-day visit to Delhi also voiced concerns about the widespread violence in Tripura. MPs of the Trinamool party have been putting up a fight against the assault on party workers amid the approaching local body polls. She also interacted with BJP leader, Dr Subramanian Swamy and post-meeting piqued speculation about him becoming a part of the TMC. Kirti Azad, Congress leader and son of the former Bihar CM, Bhagwat Jha Azad, along with Congress President, Ashok Tanwar joined the TMC party in the presence of Delhi CM, Arvind Kejriwal.