One day after TMC joined the boycott of the inauguration of the new Parliament building, Mamata decides to skip Niti Aayog’s meeting.
Sources said West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee felt she would not get a chance to speak on behalf of the state at the Niti Aayog meeting. (Image: PTI/File)
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee had initially decided to attend the meeting but dropped the idea after assessing that she will not be able to bring the state’s demands to the central government.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will skip Niti Aayog’s meeting on May 27. She had initially decided to attend the meeting, but she scrapped the idea after assessing that she will not be able to present the state’s demands to the central government.
According to the sources, Banerjee felt that he would not get a chance to speak on behalf of West Bengal even as the dispute between the Center and the state is escalating by the day. Experts said his decision not to attend the meeting was significant in the context of opposition parties inching towards a unity movement. The decision came a day after the TMC, led by Banerjee, announced it would boycott the opening of the new parliament building in the national capital.
Trinamool’s Congress government has repeatedly claimed it has yet to receive central funding, but the ruling BJP has said the state government has been unable to provide utilization reports.
Just on Tuesday, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal met Banerjee and the two said they will fight together to overthrow the BJP central government. Reacting to the CM’s decision, BJP State Chairman Dilip Ghosh said: “She cannot give details of the money spent to receive funds from the central government; that’s why she doesn’t go ”.