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Asked whether there was any discussion on the implementation of the NRC in West Bengal, Banerjee said no such discussion has taken place but it was her stated position that such an initiative was not required in her state.”Even Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that the NRC was not required in his state,” she said.
The chief minister said she has come to New Delhi after a long time and after she was given an appointment by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a meeting.”Meeting the Prime Minister and the home minister is a constitutional obligation. Besides we have international border issues with Bangladesh and Bhutan and state borders with Bihar and Jharkhand.
We also have the sensitive ‘chicken’s neck’ (corridor connecting northeastern states with the rest of the country). So meeting with the home minister is in that context necessary,” she said.
The chief minister said she has met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday and raised the issue of renaming the state.
Banerjee also invited the prime minister to inaugurate a coal block in the state.
The coal block is the second largest in the world, she said.