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Not invited to Visva-Bharati event: Mamata Banerjee

“I didn't receive any kind of invitation for the programme so how can I attend it?,”she said at a press conference.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: December 25, 2020 1:20:40 am
Saradha scam: CBI plea in SC on Mamata govt ‘links’, says it is scuttling probeWest Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. (File)

CHIEF MINISTER Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said she was not invited to Visva-Bharati University’s centenary celebration that was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually.

“I didn’t receive any kind of invitation for the programme so how can I attend it?,”she said at a press conference.

The BJP was quick to produce a letter of invitation from the university to the Chief Minister, and alleged that she was “disrespecting” Rabindranath Tagore’s institution. The BJP also claimed that Visva-Bharati University Vice-Chancellor Bidyut Chakrabarty sent the letter.

Responding to a question in this regard, Chakrabarty said, “Even if the invitation, as you suggest, was sent on Wednesday night, should that be the decorum? After all, she (Mamata) is the chief minister of a state.”

Meanwhile, the CM tweeted: “Visva Bharati University turns 100. This temple of learning was Rabindranath Tagore’s greatest experiment on creating the ideal human being. We must preserve the vision and philosophy of this great visionary.”

Mamata Thursday also announced an agro-industrial park in Singur, the place where she had launched her campaign against the then Left Front government over a decade ago over land acquisition.

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