Posted on January 11, 2020, 11:55 AM IST
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has been on the forefront with her party protesting against the CAA, which has now official become a law yesterday. For evoking positive response in the minds of the citizens and to create a welcoming atmosphere, PM Modi will be visiting Kolkata on a three day tour.
“I am excited to be in West Bengal today and tomorrow. I am delighted to be spending time at the Ramakrishna Mission and that too when we mark Swami Vivekananda’s Jayanti. There is something special about that place,” Modi said in a tweet.
In another tweet he said he would miss Atmasthanandaji Maharaj, president of Ramakrishna Math and Mission Swami, who passed away last year at the age of 98.
“Yet, there will be a void too! The person who taught me the noble principle of ‘Jan Seva Hi Prabhu Seva’, the venerable Swami Atmasthananda Ji will not be there. It is unimaginable to be at the Ramakrishna Mission and not have his august presence!”
Kolkata is bracing for a fresh batch of weekend of protests when PM Modi lands in the city to attend three government events on Saturday and Sunday in his first visit to the capital of Bengal after returning to power last summer.
Police have tightened security along the Prime Minister’s route in Kolkata and Howrah because Left parties, Congress, far-Left groups, students, Muslim organisations and the student wing of the TMC and a pressure group called the No NRC Movement have planned rigorous agitations in several parts of the city as well as the airport against the amended citizenship law. The CPI(M) has said its supporters will show black flags to Modi and shout ‘go back’ slogans.
Senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders close to CM Mamata Banerjee said Friday that she will not go to the airport to receive Modi but may have a private meeting with him on Saturday.