Mamata gives up Basu-line, to send representatives to Modi swearing-in
KOLKATA: At long last, Trinamool Congress Government broke long silence on BJP invitation to Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony this afternoon.
And Government agreed to send party and Government representatives to the ceremonyon Monday next week.
Speaking to reporters at Nabayana, Mamata Banerjee’s very close state minister Firad Hakim said, as Chief Minister would be preoccupied with several important appointments, she will send Amit Mitra (state Finance Minister) and Mukul Roy (party general secretary) to attend the swearing-in ceremony.
But Hakim had no clear answer to question if, new MPs would be allowed to attend the ceremony.
Political observers here believe that constant counseling from somewhat senior party leaders that `confrontation from the start’ would bode ill for the state’s greater interests’ thus following `Jyoti Basu’s line would be counter-productive in present context,’ may have convinced Banerjee.
Incidentally, Jyoti Basu, who while send no greetings to Atal Behari Vajpayee and poured vitriol in public, interestingly used to have cordial talks with him in Kolkata Raj Bhawan whenever former prime minister visited the city.
However, CPI(M) leaders late this afternoon told reporters that they would send no MPs to greet Modi or attend the function.