New Delhi: The External Affairs Ministry on Wednesday dismissed reports that West
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was denied permission to visit Chicago to
attend the world Hindu conference.
Spokesperson of the ministry Raveesh Kumar said the government did not receive any
request for clearance for her visit.
“We did not receive any request for clearance regarding the visit of Ms Mamata
Banerjee to Chicago for the event. The reports about the denial of permission are,
therefore, not true,” he said in response to a question on the reports.
The West Bengal chief minister had on Tuesday said, “I wanted to go to Chicago… I
could not go there because of an unholy conspiracy hatched by certain people. This
incident has given me a lot of pain.”
She had made the comment at a gathering in Belur Math, the global headquarters of
the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, to mark 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s
historic speech at the Parliament of the World’s Religions held in Chicago.