Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee might not attend the Chief Ministers convened by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday. The Meeting is aimed to discuss the revised strategies to deal with the Naxal extremism.
Home secretary Malay Dey will represent the state at the meeting that comes after the recent killings of 25 CRPF jawans in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma.
Officials from the state administration said that the CM would be unable to attend the meeting on account of prior engagements.
Banerjee was also absent from a meeting of the governing council of the Niti Aayog convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She deputed finance minister Amit Mitra to attend the meeting. But Mitra could not attend the same after the PM’s decision that only chief ministers and deputy chief ministers would be allowed to represent state governments.
Political analysts however believe that by skipping all these important meetings held by the Union government, Banerjee is preparing the ground for floating an anti-BJP political platform to fight the NDA in 2019.
However, a senior Trinamool Congress leader said that the Maoist menace in Bengal had ended in 2011 with the killing of military strategist Kishenji in an encounter, a few months after Banerjee became CM the first time.
According to a state government official, the chief minister wants the home secretary to highlight the success of the Banerjee government in ‘exterminating’ the Maoist menace.
“Not a single casualty by Maoist was reported at Bengal’s infamous Jangalmahal after Mamata Banerjee came to power,” said a key minister in Banerjee’s cabinet.