Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a meeting of Chief Ministers in the national capital today to discuss the structure, scope and role of the new body that will replace the Planning Commission.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will skip the meeting amidst the ongoing stand-off between the BJP and Trinamool Congress over several issues. She is likely to send state Finance minister Amit Mitra as the state government’s representative to attend the meeting instead.
Though no reason was officially cited, he said Ms Banerjee is scheduled to leave on Monday on a two-day tour infrastructure-cum-promiton trip to Jharkhali/Sajnekhali/Sunderbans.
She was, however, criticised by the BJP for the decision. “The meeting (of chief ministers) is development-oriented. Mr Modi believes India will develop only when its states develop. She should respect our federal structure and participate in the meeting forgetting party politics,” said BJP Secretary Shrikant Sharma.
The Chief Minister had recently urged the Opposition parties to unite against the Narendra Modi government in Parliament.
“The Trinamool Congress is playing the role of main opposition in Delhi. That is why they are targeting us. Those in power in Delhi . But they cannot sweep us away with brooms,” she had told a party workers’ meeting recently. She had also accused the Modi government of “trying to sell out the country.”