MEA refutes reports of Mamata denied permission to visit Chicago
Ministry of External Affairs has refuted reports that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was denied permission to visit Chicago. "We didn't receive any request for clearance regarding visit of Mamata Banerjee to Chicago for any event. Reports about denial of permission are, therefore, not true," MEA said in response to a question on the reports.
Earlier, Trinamool Congress' national spokesperson and MP Derek O'Brien, while attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party and RSS , said that they wanted only one major programme to be held in Chicago. He said that under 'tremendous pressure' the organisers were prevailed upon to cancel the programme "Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago, on the occasion of 125 years of the historic address by Swami Vivekananda, had invited Mamata Banerjee to attend a programme in Chicago. The Chief Minister of West Bengal confirmed her participation to them," he said in a statement.