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PM Modi renames Kolkata Port Trust after Syama Prasad Mookerjee

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today renamed the Kolkata Port Trust, one of the oldest ports of the country, after Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee, the founder of the ruling BJP’s predecessor Bharatiya Jan Sangh.

Speaking at the Kolkata Port Trust’s 150th year celebrations, PM Modi said the country’s coasts were gateways to development.

“Today, as we aim to further port-led development, we remember the contribution of two leading lights: Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. These stalwarts toiled to further industrial growth, labour welfare and effectively harness water resources,” PM Modi tweeted.

“Development of waterways has improved Kolkata Port Trust’s connectivity with industrial centres in east India, made trade easier for our neighbouring countries, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal. Our country’s coasts are gateways to development, the (central) government has started the Sagarmala programme to improve connectivity,” PM Modi said amid strong resistance to his two-day visit to Bengal.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, however, skipped the event.

The two firebrand leaders had met in Kolkata on Saturday where she requested him to reconsider enforcement of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the National Register of Citizens and the National Population Register.

The Trinamool chief, one of the strongest critics of the CAA, has been leading protests in her state since the passage of the controversial bill in the parliament.

“The citizenship law is not to snatch citizenship, but to give citizenship,” PM Modi said this morning.

Talking about her meeting, she told reporters that she had reminded PM Modi that the centre owed around Rs 38,000 crore to Bengal, including Rs 7,000 crore as relief for Cyclone Bulbul.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit back at the Bengal chief minister and said the state government was not keen on implementing central schemes as they don’t benefit “syndicates”.

The Centre was making every effort to develop West Bengal and its underprivileged sections, he added and stressed that the people of Bengal should get the benefits of all central schemes.

“The Centre is making every possible effort to develop West Bengal, its poor, Dalits, unprivileged and backward sections. As soon as the West Bengal government gives its approval for Centre’s Ayushman Bharat Yojana and PM Kisan Samman Nidhi; people here will start receiving benefits of these schemes,” PM Modi said.

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