Capping a season of bitter electoral acrimony, West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said that she will try to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 30.
“We will attend the programme. There are certain ceremonial programmes where attending amounts to Constitutional courtesy. But there is only one day in between. We will try to attend,” Mamata Banerjee said at the state secretariat. She also said that the invitation to attend the programme reached her on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and newly elected Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy have already decided to attend the oath-taking ceremony as per their offices. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also expressed his intention to attend the function.
However, Odisha, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan chief ministers have received invitations but were yet to decide if they would attend or not.
BJP leaders in Bengal welcomed Mamata’s statement. “If good sense prevails in her, we will welcome it,” BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha said. The campaign for the Lok Sabha elections witnessed bitter exchanges between PM Narendra Modi and Mamata Banerjee. PM Modi alleged that West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and her nephew Abhishek were downright extortionists. The Bengal chief minister, on the other hand hit back by prescribing “sit-ups for him holding his ears”.