West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will not attend the chief ministers’ meet called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday. State Industries Minister Amit Mitra is likely to represent her at the meeting to discuss the future of the Planning Commission.
Trinamool-BJP ties, which have been on a downward trajectory since the Lok Sabha elections, have steadily deteriorated since the beginning of the Winter Session where Trinamool with its protest a day tactics has become a rallying point for opposition parties. Amit Shah’s salvo about Saradha chit fund scam money being used to fund terror activities in Bangladesh and the government’s subsequent denial has further worsened matter.
“The Chief Minister of West Bengal is unlikely to attend the Prime Minister’s meeting on the Planning Commission or the subsequent retreat. There is hardly any point in such an exercise with a government that has consistently muzzled the opposition in the Parliament. Industries Minister Amit Mitra will present the West Bengal government’s viewpoints at the meeting,” said a senior Trinamool leader.
Mamata’s decision to skip the meeting is a clear indication of her reluctance to mend things with Modi or his party.