Hillary was keen to meet Mamata for her ‘lifelong struggle’

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, arrives for a meeting with Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of West Bengal, Kolkata, West Bengal, May 7, 2012

KOLKATA: After Hillary Clinton and Mamata Banerjee were named among the 100 most influential people in the world, the US Secretary of State wanted to meet the West Bengal chief minister whose ‘lifelong struggle’ she had heard about.

“We have heard about your lifelong struggle. I was keen to meet you in New York. It was not possible there. However, we have come to you to see you. It is a delight to be here,” Banerjee quoted Clinton after a meeting at the state secretariat.

Clinton, she said, had been keen to meet her in New York during the annual program of the Time magazine. The chief minister had not attended the program.

Banerjee said, “I told her that I visitedNew York in 1999 as a member of an Indian delegation”. -PTI

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