With the parliamentary elections drawing near and the clamour for a third front becoming louder everyday,there is a chance of a conclave between chief ministers of West Bengal,Bihar and Orissa on April 17 in Kolkata,when these CMs are scheduled to be in the city for the meeting of Eastern Zonal council.
The meeting,to be presided over by Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde,will discuss issues related to internal security,especially the problem of Left Wing Extremism (LWE),border problems and planning and development in the four states. The fourth state Jharkhand which is now going through Presidents rule,will be represented by its Governor.
Apart from Mamata Banerjee,who is the vice-chairperson of the council,Nitish Kumar of Bihar and Naveen Patnaik of Orissa,Union Home Secretary Raj Kumar Singh,and other top officials of the Planning Commission will be present.
The West Bengal delegation will also include Finance Minister Amit Mitra,Minister for Planning Rachpal Singh,state Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra and other officials.
The occasion will also provide ample opportunity for a meeting between the chief ministers,especially between Kumar and Banerjee as a meeting between the two has been long overdue.
A meeting between the two leaders was supposed to be held in Kolkata a couple of months ago,but due to late arrival of Kumar it could not take place. I cant tell you whether a meeting will be held between the two,its too early to say that,but in any case they will meet on April 9 in Delhi where a meeting of the Planning Commision is going to be held, Mukul Roy,Trinamool Congress general secretary,told The Sunday Express.