Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was to attend a meeting that was called in the backdrop of Cyclone Yaas’ impact with Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. In the meeting’s stead, the Bengal CM chose a quick 15-minute interaction with the PM wherein she handed him the report and skipped the review meeting. The interaction marked first of its kind post the tumultuous Bengal election campaign that saw both the leaders launching personal attacks at each other.
“You wanted to meet me that is why I have come today. Me and my Chief Secretary want to submit this report to you. Now we have a meeting at Digha so we seek your permission to leave,” the Chief Minister was quoted as saying.
While Mamata Banerjee’s office has claimed that she was asked to wait for PM Modi at the airbase, Centre has alleged that it was the Bengal CM who kept the Prime Minister waiting for about half an hour.
“When PM arrived to attend the review meet, there was no one from the West Bengal government. Both the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary were present in the same premises and YET they did not come to receive the PM,” said central government sources.
“Suddenly Mamata Banerjee, in her haughtiness, storms in and hands over a bunch of papers on the cyclone impact to the PM and says that she is leaving as she has other visits lined up. Never before in the history of the Indian Republic has a Chief Minister of a state behaved in such an ugly, disrespectful and arrogant manner with high constitutional position holders such as Prime Minister and Governor,” they said.
The Chief Minister is “callous, arrogant and supremely unmindful of the welfare of the people of her state” and has dealt “an unprecedented blow to propriety and federalism” with her petulant behavior,” they added, while adding that she “boycotted” PM Modi.
Talking further about Banerjee’s estranged behaviour, the sources said that she did not even allow her officers to make a presentation before the PM.
If sources are to be believed, Mamata Banerjee was enraged that former TMC leader Suvendu Adhikari, who is now Bengal Leader of Opposition, was part of the meeting.