PM Narendra Modi at Netaji indoor stadium during the celebration of 150 years of Kolkata Port Trust. (Express Photo: Partha Paul)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day visit to Kolkata, on Sunday named the Kolkata Port Trust as Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port. While speaking at an event to mark the 150 years of Kolkata Port Trust in Netaji Indoor Stadium, PM Modi rued it is unfortunate that after they resigned from the government, the visions of Dr Mookerjee and Babasaheb Ambedkar were not implemented the way they should have been.
Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was also expected to attend the function, skipped it. Earlier in the day PM attended a prayer meet at Belur Math to mark the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the founder of Ramakrishna Mission. Reiterating that the Citizenship Amendment Act is not a law to revoke citizenship, but to grant it, PM Modi on Sunday said some people with vested interest are misguiding the country’s youth. “There are a lot of questions among the youth about the new citizenship law, and some are being misled by rumours around it… it is our duty to clear their doubts," he said.
On the first day of his visit, PM Modi was met with protests against the new citizenship law. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee too met the prime minister and asked him to withdraw the contentious law. “I told him that maybe this is not the appropriate time for me to say this, but we feel strongly about this issue. We are against CAA, NRC and NPR. But we have been agitating against CAA, NRC, and NPR. I told him we are against dividing people. We do not want people to be driven out of the country. We do not want people to face any atrocities. I told him that the Centre should rethink on CAA. We want it to be withdrawn,” the Chief Minister told reporters outside Raj Bhavan after her 35-minute "courtesy meeting" with Modi.