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Mamata runs into PM Modi’s wife before boarding flight to meet him

Jashodaben was leaving the city after a two-day visit to Dhanbad in neighbouring Jharkhand, a source close to the chief minister said. "It was a chance meeting and they exchanged greetings The chief minister also gifted her a sari."

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Banerjee is scheduled to meet the prime minister on Wednesday

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met Prime Minister Narendra Modi’ wife at the city airport Tuesday before boarding her flight to New Delhi to meet the prime minister.

Modi’s wife Jashodaben was leaving the city after a two-day visit to Dhanbad in neighbouring Jharkhand, a source close to the chief minister told news agency PTI.  “It was a chance meeting and they exchanged greetings. The chief minister also gifted her a sari,” the source said.

Jashodaben had on Monday offered puja at Kalyaneswar temple at Asansol in Paschim Barddhaman district of West Bengal. Asansol is around 68 kilometres from Dhanbad.

Earlier in the day, Mamata greeted the PM on his 69th birthday on Twitter. Modi also took to the microblogging site to thank Banerjee, whom he referred to as ‘Didi’.

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Mamata, who has been consistently attacking the Central government over the economic slowdown, is scheduled to meet PM Modi on Wednesday at 4.30 PM. The last time the two leaders met was at the convocation ceremony of Visva Bharati University in Shantiniketan on May 25, 2018.

Terming her three-day visit to Delhi a “routine” one, the CM has said she would raise various issues related to the state’s economy during her meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“I stay in Kolkata 365 days and rarely go out. But for government work sometimes I have to go to Delhi. Parliament, President and Prime Minister are in Delhi. It has been a long time since I visited Delhi,” the Chief Minister added.

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