Coming down on the Trinamool Congress government for not inviting former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to the closing ceremony of the platinum jubilee of the West Bengal Assembly, the State BJP wondered here on Wednesday “what kind of courtesy” the government was expressing.

The State government’s act of firstly not inviting Mr. Bhattacharjee and secondly trying to come up with a pretext for the same “by concocting a story about the number of seats [as Mr. Bhattacharjee is not a MLA], is not decent,” Rahul Sinha, president of the party’s State unit, said.

Even though Mr. Sinha described Mr. Bhattacharjee, a Polit Bureau member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), as “a former Chief Minister who had failed on all fronts”, Mr. Sinha pointed out that he “was a Chief Minister elected by the people”.

Referring to the ouster of the Left Front from power after 34 years, he cautioned the State government that the tradition it is setting by not inviting the former Chief Minister to the event could boomerang for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

“The Trinamool Congress should keep in mind that when the golden jubilee of the State Assembly is held, the present Chief Minister may not be invited,” Mr Sinha said.