has decided to drop out of Prime Minister
’s interaction meeting with 36 chief ministers called over Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss measures to be taken to move ahead to combat the Corona pandemic, as the country moves beyond lockdown an semi-opening up of activities with inputs from the states.
The Bengal chief minister decided to give the meeting a miss as she has not been included among the list of speakers at the video conference with the Prime Minister and has viewed it as an affront to the state amid the rising cases of Covid-19 across the country.
It is evident that Banerjee, who was slotted for the meeting on Wednesday, is angry and dissapointed at the Centre’s decision to move ahead without inputs from Bengal, as her party colleagues Dinesh Trivedi, Partha Chatterjee and
have tweeted to vent their feelings and make the point that the chief minister will stay away from the meeting for not being included among those who would speak at the sixth conference being held since the countrywide lockdown started following the pandemic.
Dinesh Trivedi tweeted on Tuesday to say, “It seems the Centre's so worried about exposing itself to @MamataOfficial's constructive criticism on #COVID response that our hon'ble CM's been reduced to just a mute spectator for the latest round of VCs with the PM. People of Bengal won't forgive this!”
Education minister and the state government’s official spokesperson Partha Chatterjee said, “The Centre has once again humiliated the people of Bengal and decided to silence @MamataOfficial. Consultation in the name of video conferences is a mere hogwash if the Chief Ministers aren't allowed to put forth their concerns, in his tweet.
Another state minister Firhad Hakim tweeted to say, chief minister’s name is not on the list of speakers at the meeting with the PM. Centre is again trying to muffle the voice of democracy. Good advice and constructive criticism is something that the BJP government cannot take.”
The meeting slated for two days where chief ministers from 36 states are scheduled to participate, have only 13 CMs on the list who would be alloted time to speak. There is still no word on whether the state’s chief secretary will be present at the meeting which Banerjee is unlikely to attend.
On Tuesday afternoon, Modi held a video-conference with CMs Lt governors and administrators of 21 states and Union territories. These include Punjab, Kerala, Goa, Uttarakhand,
, the northeastern states and some UTs.