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PM Modi to launch key projects in poll-bound West Bengal, Assam today

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Kolkata: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit poll-bound states of West Bengal and Assam on Sunday  and lay the foundation stone of key projects.

This will be Modi’s second visit to Assam in a fortnight, where he will lay the foundation stone of two medical colleges and launch the scheme for the upgradation of state highways.

 

The Assembly election in Assam is due in March-April this year.

Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is unlikely to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled programme at Haldia in Purba Medinipore district on Sunday evening, a top official at the state secretariat has said.

The exact reason for this uncertainty has not been specified but the “insult meted out to her” on January 23, when Jai Shri Ram’ slogans were raised at an event just before her speech, could be the cause, he said.

Modi is set to inaugurate four projects in Haldia in oil, gas, and infrastructure sectors.

“Madam (CM) is unlikely to attend this evening’s programme at Haldia where PM Modi will be inaugurating projects,” the official said.

The TMC boss has also asked her party members to skip the programme, he added.

Banerjee had on January 23 refused to deliver her speech at an event on the occasion of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s 125th birth anniversary, after a section of the audience raised ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans in the presence of the Prime Minister.

She had said such “insult was unacceptable”.

Sources in the Raj Bhavan said Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar is scheduled to attend Sunday’s event.