Puri: Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reached in the Pilgrim Town of Puri today to offer prayer at the Srimandir.
Banerjee reached Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) in Bhubaneswar around 9 pm last night where Parliamentary Affairs Minister B K Arukha received her on behalf of the state government. Mamata then reached the Holy City by road.
The West Bengal CM, accompanied by Puri District Collector Balwant Singh, reached Srimandir at 4.10 pm and paid obeisance to the Holy Trinity. She was also presented with a ‘Pattachitra’ of Lord Jagannath by the temple sevayats (servitors).
Taking to the media persons, soon after having darshan at the Srimandir, Mamata said: “I am an ardent devotee of Lord Jagannath and worship him at home daily. I prayed to the Lord for world peace and harmony”.
When asked about the Delhi violence over CAA, Mamata said: ” We don’t want bloodshed, we want peace”.
According to reports, the West Bengal CM is staying in a hotel at Baliapanda and the district administration has beefed up security around the hotel.
City DSP Khirasagar Nayak informed that three platoons of armed police personnel have been deployed near the hotel as WB CM Mamata Banerjee is on a private tour to the city. One additional SP rank officer and three DSPs are supervising security arrangements, he added.
Notably, Mamata will be attending the Eastern Zonal Council meeting in Bhubaneswar to be chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday. Prior to this meet, the West Bengal CM would also be meeting her Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik on Thursday.