INDIA: Mamata denies appointment with US ambassador

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has denied that she was scheduled to meet US ambassador to India Nancy Powell, who is in the city,Friday.

“I do not have any appointment with her (Powell),” Banerjee told reporters at the state secretariat here when asked about the meeting.

The Trinamool Congress’ website had earlier claimed that Powell had sought a meeting with Banerjee which was likely to be held Friday.

On her second visit to Kolkata, Powell met Governor M.K. Narayanan at the Raj Bhavan.

Powell Feb 13 met Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi in Gandhinagar.

Powell had met Banerjee for the first time September 2012, after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came calling in May at the Writers’ Buildings.

British Prime Minister David Cameron too had a meeting with Banerjee November 2013 and even invited her to London.

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