New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has not attended any central meeting since 2015 when the first meeting of NITI Ayog was held in Delhi.
The Chief minister Mamata Banerjee will come face to face with PM Narendra Modi on May 2 when she attends a meeting chaired by him of the national committee that has been set up to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary.
Celebrations will be held across the country and abroad for a year from October 2, 2019 to October 2, 2020, to propagate the Mahatma’s message. The national committee, constituted in October 2017, has chief ministers of all states, representatives from across the political spectrum, Gandhians, thinkers, and eminent persons from all walks of life.
As a part of her protest against the Central policies, she had decided to skip all central meetings, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In fact, in some meetings, the Bengal chief minister chose not to allow the bureaucrats of her government to participate.
In a situation like this, Mamata Banerjee’s decision to attend a meeting called by the national committee, headed by the Prime Minister to discuss Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary celebration raised a few eyebrows.
The Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee met Prime Minister Modi in April, 2017 seeking release of funds for the development projects and schemes in Bengal.