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Updated: March 12, 2012 00:16 IST

Mamata not going to swearing-in after all

Ananya Dutta
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
The Hindu West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will not attend the swearing-in of the Punjab and Uttar Pradesh Chief Ministers although an invitation to the Trinamool Congress leader generated much hype amid speculation of her warming to the idea of an alternative front floated by regional parties at the national level.

On Sunday, the Trinamool leadership cited “parliamentary protocol” as the reason for Ms. Banerjee choosing to stay back in the city and not attending the ceremonies. All-India general secretary Mukul Roy told The Hindu that she would have to be present in the Assembly on March 15, when Governor M. K. Narayanan addresses the House to mark the start of the budget session.

The Trinamool has, however, decided to depute party representatives to the functions.

Strong reaction from Congress

Earlier, reports that she would participate in the events drew a strong reaction from senior Congress leaders in New Delhi.

Party spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi told a news agency that “social interactions with strangers” was acceptable, but “obviously if things go beyond the normal boundaries of social courtesy, it would become immoral.”

Ms. Banerjee's visit, particularly to Punjab, was reported to have featured at a meeting between her and All-India Congress Committee general secretary in charge of West Bengal Shakeel Ahmed here on Saturday.

The Congress was keen on her not attending the swearing-in of Parkash Singh Badal as he belongs to the Shiromani Akali Dal, an NDA constituent.

Ms. Banerjee has joined forces with non-Congress Chief Ministers in opposing the Centre's move to set up a National Counter Terrorism Centre on the grounds that it infringes the powers of States.

Mr singhvi said that If Mamatha attend swering ceremoney it is immoral how is it? in our contry corruption is moral, black money is moral, looting, sheltering some vested interest criminals is moral. If a partener of Congress attend the swering ceremoney it will become immoral.Mr singhvi is one of the person responsible for congress debacale in UP.64 years of Bad rule of congress takes another 100 years to make Rahul Ghandhi as PM.Entire India will say good by to congress, 125 years old tree will be ousted because it started giving Bad fruits.

from:  Suresh D.R.
Posted on: Mar 11, 2012 at 16:53 IST
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