Mamata Banerjee who was on a five day visit to UK has rolled out a red carpet to British PM David Cameron to revisit Kolkata.
Mamata Invites David Cameron To Kolkata :
The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has invited the Prime Minister of Britain David Cameron to revisit Kolkata describing the city as ‘a true gateway to the east’.
Cameron had written in his letter dated July 24,” I am sorry that my travel plans mean I will not be in London to see you in London. I fondly recall our meeting in Kolkata in November 2013, when we discussed the positive UK-West Bengal bilateral cooperation that exists, and the wealth of trade and investment opportunities this offers.”
Mamata said in a response in a letter written to her by Cameron apologizing for not being able to meet her due to his tour of South Asia ”My message for the British PM is that he must visit Kolkata again soon and see that it is truly the gateway to the east.”
Mamatha stated,” Britain started with Kolkata as its business capital (during the Raj) so that is the destination. History repeats itself and it is destiny that British business should expand to Kolkata.”
The Trinamool leader said both cities have their own identity but there are a number of similarities in a response to a question asked how the Bengal capital compares to London.
”As I have been walking around I see a lot of similarities in architecture and road names. They have Queen Victoria’s statue, we have Victoria Memorial. London is an expensive city but Kolkata is not. It is a soft, soothing, cheap city. London is pollution-free and we are fast moving towards a cleaner, greener city.”
Asked if she would revisit the British capital, she said,” I will definitely come back. This has been a very fruitful business meet. The perception of Bengal has changed today. It is set to become the industrial hub of India. The size of investments will become clear over time but 21 MoUs have been signed, which is a very positive sign.”
Trinamool Congress official Twitter handle quoted Mamata as saying,” We had very successful meetings over the last two and a half days.” On Wednesday, Mamata took part in a meeting with industrialists at Asia House followed by a meeting with NRI industrialist and politician Lord Swraj Paul.
Mamata Invites David Cameron To Kolkata
Paul tweeted after the meeting” CM Mamata Banerjee delightful, modest, erudite and wholehearted in her mission to advance West Bengal.’