A day after directing newly-elected Trinamool Congress MPs not to take oath of office on May 25 and 26, party chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday cited “prior commitments” to skip the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister on May 26.
On her behalf, however, state finance minister Amit Mitra and party general secretary Mukul Roy will attend the event at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
“A letter from PM-designate Narendra Modi to the chief minister inviting her to attend the swearing-in reached the state secretariat Friday. Amit Mitra and Mukul Roy will attend the swearing-in on behalf of the chief minister,” urban development minister Firhad Hakim told reporters here.
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Hakim said Mamata will not attend the event as “Chief Minister has got certain prior commitment on the same day. May 26 is the birth anniversary of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam and she would attend a scheduled programme at Rajarhat.”
In his letter to Mamata, Modi wrote the “people of India have given me an opportunity to serve the country as Prime Minister. I am writing this to cordially invite you to the swearing-in ceremony. This is also an occasion for me to seek your blessings and good wishes.”
Mamata, whose party won 34 seats in the Lok Sabha elections, had a vitriolic war of words with Modi on the issue of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh during the campaigning.
There has been no confirmation on whether party MPs would attend the programme. A senior TMC leader said if any MP wants to attend the programme, party would not restrict him or her from doing so.
Bengal CPM too to boycott event
Kolkata: The CPM, which faced a complete rout in the just-concluded Lok Sabha polls, Friday said that no one from the party’s West Bengal unit would attend swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister on May 26. “No one from our state (party) unit is going to attend Modi’s rally. During the previous BJP regime also we had boycotted the swearing-in ceremony,” CPM politburo member Surya Kanta Mishra told reporters here. Asked whether the CPM would nationally boycott Modi’s swearing-in, Mishra said only politburo can answer that question. (with inputs from PTI)