Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Tuesday opened up fresh controversy by saying "ego prevailed over public service" on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee skipping Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting to review post-cyclone damages.
Source: Hindustan Times.
Early on Tuesday in a tweet mentioned by Dhankhar claimed that Banerjee had texted him on Thursday, on the eve of the meeting, and hinted that she may not attend it if Suvendu Adhikari was going to be there.
Source : Twitter.
The government tweeted,
“Constrained by false narrative to put record straight: On May 27 at 2316 hrs CM @MamataOfficial messaged “may i talk? urgent”. Thereafter on phone indicated boycott by her & officials of PM Review Meet #CycloneYaas if LOP @SuvenduWB attends it. Ego prevailed over Public service.”
CM met him for a few minutes to hand over a report on the damage caused by cyclone Yaas in the state, even though the chief minister skipped the Prime Ministers review meeting at Kalaikunda in the West Midnapore district.
CM wrote in a five-page letter to the Prime Minister, clearly stating her views that she wanted to meet only the PM ;
I wanted to have a quiet word with you, a meeting between the PM and CM as usual. You, however revised the structure of the meeting to include a local MLA from your party and I am of the view that he had no locus to be present in a PM-CM meeting. You had invited the Governor and some Union ministers, which I had not objected to. But an individual MLA having no locus attending the meeting was unacceptable.
CM skipping the PM’s review meeting saw an outburst of a political storm with the BJP’s top leadership, including the party’s national president JP Nadda and Union home minister Amit Shah, mocking the CM. However, she had already met the PM and left with his permission, as she claimed that she had scheduled meetings to attend.
Responding to the Governor’s tweet, TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said,
“Why isn’t the Governor tweeting anything about the Centre not supplying adequate supply of medicine, oxygen and vaccine to the state? Did he raise questions on why the Opposition leaders are not called to attend a Prime Ministers meeting in a state ruled by the BJP? He just wants to create confrontation and confusion.”