Mamata Banerjee skipped Cyclone Yaas meeting, slammed by PMO

Mamata Banerjee met PM Modi for a short period on Friday citing she had to meet other state officials regarding cyclone Yaas.

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The center-state conflict between the Modi government and Mamata Banerjee resurfaced Friday as the West Bengal chief minister, unhappy with the presence of her arch-nemesis, MLA Suvendu Adhikari, skipped a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi The meeting had got scheduled to discuss the damage caused by cyclone Yaas, however it snowballed to a bigger political controversy and several ministers have slammed Mamata Banerjee for her immature behavior. The Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, said Mamata’s conduct was an unfortunate low. He further said it was her arrogance above public welfare. Likewise, the defense minister, Rajnath Singh, was in utter shock and said “This kind of behavior with the prime minister, who arrived in the state with a sense of helping people of Bengal in the time of the disaster, is painful. This is an unfortunate example of keeping political differences above public service and constitutional duties, which harms the basic spirit of India's federal system.” He further added that Chief Minister and Prime Minister are individuals who swear by the constitution to serve the public. JP Nadda expressed his disappointment and slams Mamata by terming this as “murder of democracy.” He took to the social platform Twitter and said, “When PM Narendra Modi stands strong with the citizens of West Bengal in wake of Cyclone Yaas, Mamata Ji should also set aside her ego for the welfare of people. Her absence from the PM’s meeting is the murder of constitutional ethos & the culture of cooperative federalism.”

Suvendu Adhikari, in a series of tweets, called it a “dark day” that revealed her (Mamata Banerjee’s) “dictatorial” nature. He also posted images that showed the “PM review flood situation taking non-NDA persons with him”.

However, after receiving criticisms, for being half an hour late and leaving the meeting early, she claimed that there wasn’t any notice given beforehand regarding the meeting, and she had other scheduled meetings. The Senior TMC reported that initially she agreed to join the meeting but got offended by Suvendu Adhikari. TMC leaders termed Adhikari’s presence in the meeting as unpleasant taste. The meeting was supposed to happen between the PM and CM, but it turned out to be one with the Governor, central minister, and BJP MLA, led by the PM. It was a big BJP team, and I was alone,” she said during a press conference at Nabanna, the state secretariat. Mamata further mentioned that she took permission from PM before leaving the meeting and handed over the reports on the damage caused by the Cyclone and sought a package of Rs 30,000 crore for the redevelopment of the worst affected areas. The PM should also wait sometimes, Trinamool MP Mahua Moitra taking the social platform, said comparing this to people waiting for vaccines and for ₹15 lakhs in bank accounts. “So much fuss over an alleged 30 min wait? Indians waiting 7 years for ₹15 lakhs. Waiting hours at ATM queues. Waiting months for vaccines due. Thoda aap bhi wait kar lijiye kabhi kabhi…."

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