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West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee absent from PM Modi’s meeting on Cyclone Yaas

Kolkata: West Bengal opposition leader Shuvendu Adhikari has been summoned to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s review meeting on Cyclone Yaas in Kalaikunda. 

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was also expected to attend the meeting. However, the West Bengal Chief Minister has decided to boycott the review meeting. She will return after handing over the paperwork of the damage caused by Cyclone Yaas to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“I am not in the review meeting of the Prime Minister. I will just go for 15 minutes to give the paperwork on the damage,” Mamata Banerjee said.

According to sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself wanted Shuvendu Adhikari to attend the meeting Before the meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the cyclone-hit areas in East Midnapore district of West Bengal. 

According to sources, the West Bengal Chief Minister and the Prime Minister will hold separate meetings after the review meeting. However, doubts have been raised as to whether the meeting will take place under changed circumstances

The district of East Midnapore has suffered the most damage due to Cyclone Yaas and rising sea levels. Since Shuvendu Adhikari is a MLA from this district, Narendra Modi wanted him to be present to know about the situation in the district. 

Besides, Shuvendu Adhikari is now the state’s opposition leader However, the ruling party of the state did not take this issue very well. Their allegation is that an MLA is being called for such a review meeting due to political reasons. 

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar will also be present at the meeting in Kalaikunda.

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