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Mamata Banerjee skips I-Day programme at Raj Bhavan, Bengal governor ‘stunned’

Sources said in the meeting, which continued for almost an hour, they talked on recent political development, but none of them divulged any detail in public.

Mamata Banerjee at an Independence Day event on Red Road, Kolkata, on Saturday.

Mamata Banerjee and her government officials skipped Independence Day programme hosted by Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar programme at Raj Bhavan on Saturday evening. Dhankhar took to Twitter to express his displeasure over the scenario, saying, “Absence of CM and officials @MamataOfficial on occasion of Independence Day celebration at Raj Bhawan has like many startled and stunned me. We need to rise to occasion as respect to freedom fighters who gave their all to secure for us freedom and democracy. I am at loss of words.”

Banerjee had however met the governor at Raj Bhavan in the morning after attending an Independence Day event on Red Road where she felicitated the Covid warriors.

Sources said in the meeting, which continued for almost an hour, they talked on recent political development, but none of them divulged any detail in public. Both their offices however maintained that it was a courtesy meet. A senior official from the state administration said, “The governor had extended an invitation for tea at Raj Bhavan today evening. The chief minister will not be able to attend that and hence met the governor in the morning morning.”

Before the meeting, Banerjee attended a small, unpretentious Independence Day programme on Red Road. In view of the Covid situation, the entire event was held with minimum arrangements and wrapped up within 15 minutes. The chief minister did not speak on the occasion but felicitated only 25 Covid warriors.

In a morning tweet, Banerjee wished Happy Independence Day to all. “Happy Independence Day to all my brothers and sisters. We salute all those who sacrificed their lives to make the dream of a ‘free nation’ come true. Our freedom was hard-earned, and we must do all it takes to preserve the basic principles on which this country was founded,” she wrote.

First published on: 15-08-2020 at 16:11 IST
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