Mamata Calls Off TN Visit In View Of Panchayat Polls


Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday called off her next weeks visit to Tamil Nadu for meeting top leaders of the DMK in view of the panchayat elections in her state due in May.

According to a senior official at the state secretariat, the chief minister has expressed her willingness to visit Tamil Nadu after the panchayat elections in West Bengal are over.

“She has asked to call off her plans to visit Tamil Nadu scheduled next week. She may visit the state after the elections are over,” the official said, adding Banerjee was very much concerned about the ongoing protests in the southern state over the Cauvery issue.

Panchayat polls in West Bengal is scheduled on May 1, 3 and 5. Results would be declared on May 8. The Trinamool Congress chief was expected to meet DMK president M Karunanidhi and working president MK Stalin during her visit to Chennai.