The Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee skips cyclone review meeting with PM Modi in Kolkata on Friday. Top BJP leaders including Union Minister Amit Shah criticized Mamata for her conduct and condemned it as “An unfortunate low”. The Center has called West Bengal Chief Secretary, Alapan Bandyopadhyay, and asked him to report at North Block Office, New Delhi on May 31.
The meeting was held between West Bengal State Government and the Center including PM and Union officials. BJP leaders have raised fierce allegations against Mamata for not attending the meeting with PM Modi. Suvendu Adhikari, leader of BJP and member of West Bengal Legislative Assembly tweeted “Today is a dark day in India’s long-standing ethos of cooperative federalism, a principle held sacred by PM @narendramodi. The way @MamataOfficial Didi behaved reflects her dictatorial nature and lack of respect for constitutional values”.
Union Cabinet Minister, Smriti Irani also Tweeted against Mamata and said “For once, she should’ve kept petty politics aside”.
On the contrary, Trinamool leaders are blaming the center for inviting Suvendu Adhikari to the meeting. Suvendu Adhikari is a former Trinamool leader, who switch to BJP ahead of the elections. Trinamool leaders in their defense said, “BJP leaders are just ganging up against Mamata”. The meeting was supposed to take place between the State Government and the Center, hence there was no requirement to invite BJP leader, Suvendu Adhikari.
As per the sources, Mamata Banerjee and the Chief Secretary Bandyopadhyay met PM Modi prior to the meeting for submitting reports. The reports were for requesting funds worth 10,000 crores for the development of Digha and Sunderban. Mamata on this political controversy said, “I took PM Modi’s permission before leaving, as an administrative meeting was scheduled in Digha”.