Mamata Banerjee's Delhi visit spoilt, to return to Kolkata

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New Delhi, April 10: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday, April 10 cancelled her meeting with the Finance Minister P Chidambaram. It seems that Mamata's Delhi visit has been messed up by the SFI activists who had heckled her and her aides on their arrival in Delhi on Tuesday, April 9.

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo now is all set to return to Kolkata on Wednesday when her party workers and leaders are scheduled to take out protest rally in city. The CM, who will fly back to Kolkata in a private jet, earlier on Tuesday had called off meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh due to the protest.

The SFI supporters protested against Mamata over the recent death of one of their colleagues, Sudipto Gupta, in police custody in Kolkata.

State finance minister Amit Mitra was manhandled by the protesters and needed the security personnel to escort him to safety. Mamata along with other ministers went to the national capital on Monday on a two-day trip to meet central authorities over the economic status of West Bengal.

Slamming the attackers and main opposition party in the state CPI(M), Mamata was quoted as saying, "This is mere hooliganism. This is not protest. I could have been killed. This is the situation outside Planning Commission in New Delhi. Where's the security?"

However, CPI leader D Raja also condemned the attack on Mamata and Co and said, "The manhandling or misbehaviour with the West Bengal CM and FM should not have taken place. We do not approve of such things. Having said that, I must appeal to all political parties in Bengal to maintain restraint."

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