Kolkata, January 11
Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Kolkata on Saturday afternoon amid protests against the amended citizenship act across the West Bengal capital with chief minister Mamata Banerjee planning to take part in one such an agitation.
Protests had started in different parts of Kolkata hours before the Prime Minister’s arrival, especially along the route his convoy is going to take.
Youths, political parties and various apolitical outfits shouted slogans against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC) and carried banners that said, “Go Back, Modi.” Black flags were visible everywhere.
By 3pm, members of the Left-backed students’ unions started gathering in huge number outside the Kolkata airport.
Mamata Banerjee will be present at the Trinamool Chhatra Parishad’s sit-in demonstration at Esplanade, not far from Raj Bhawan, started by its leaders on Friday evening.
The Congress, on its part, accused Banerjee of having a tacit understanding with Modi. “She boycotted the all-party meeting against citizenship law that Sonia Gandhi convened in Delhi on January 13 but fixed an appointment with Modi on January 11. Her real intentions are out in the open,” said Bengal Congress president Somen Mitra.