West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today decided not to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Narenda Modi as prime minister citing ‘untrue” claims by BJP that 54 of the party workers were murdered in political violence in Bengal.
Banerjee had last evening has confirmed her presence at the ceremony to be held on May 30. “Congratulations, new Prime Minister, Narendra Modiji. It was my plan to accept the “constitutional invitation” and attend the oath taking ceremony. However, in last one year, I am seeing media reports that the BJP are claiming 54 people have been murdered in political violence in Bengal.
Mamata Banerjee took to Twitter to announce today (29 May) that she won’t be attending the swearing in ceremony of Narendra Modi tomorrow.
The oath-taking ceremony is an august occasion to celebrate democracy, not one that should be devalued by any political party pic.twitter.com/Mznq0xN11Q— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) May 29, 2019
Banerjee cited the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) reported decision to invite family members of 54 party members who the party says died in political violence in the state of Bengal.
This is completely untrue. There have been no political murders in Bengal. These deaths may have occurred due to personal enemity, family quarrels and other disputes, nothing related to politics. There is no such record with us,” Banerjee said in a tweet. “So I am sorry, Narendra Modi ji, this has compelled me not to attend the ceremony.