KOLKATA: Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, will reach New Delhi on Thursday afternoon where she will meet with her party's MPs while the investigation into the multi-million dollar West Bengal School Service Commission (WBSSC) recruitment fraud progresses.
After arriving in the nation's capital, she will first visit Sukhendu Sekhar Ray's home at 7, Mahadev Road, where the party's Rajya Sabha representative lives, and hold a meeting with all of the party's MPs, a source said. Abhishek Banerjee, the national general secretary of the party, will also be present. The meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
The meeting is expected to focus on the party's strategy in both Houses of Parliament in the upcoming days as well as how to address criticism of the WBSSC scam from other MPs both inside and outside of Parliament, said a Sr leader of the party, who did not wish to be named.
She's scheduled to go to Parliament's Central Hall on Friday. Sudip Bandyopadhyay, the main whip for the Trinamool Congress in the Lok Sabha, reportedly alerted the Speaker of the Lok Sabha about the chief minister's likely visit to the Central Hall on Friday.
The party leadership is unsure as of yet, despite speculations, of the likely time that the chief minister and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet. But given their long-standing relationship, the party leader noted, "the chief minister is especially keen to have an exclusive meeting with former Congress president Sonia Gandhi."