Kolkata, May 29 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday tweeted to convey her anguish over “false” reports of ‘political murders’ of BJP workers in the state and asked Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi to excuse her from attending his swearing-in ceremony in New Delhi.
Ms Banerjee said the BJP’s claim of 54 party workers being killed in “political violence” is untrue as she attributed the deaths to personal enmity, family quarrels, and other disputes. Rubbishing the reports, the chief minister said there are no such records with her government, and therefore, due to BJP’s politics over the issue, she is compelled to pull-out of the event.
“Congratulations, new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi Ji. It was my plan to accept the ‘Constitutional invitation’ and attend the oath-taking ceremony. However, in the last one hour, I am seeing media reports that the BJP are claiming 54 people have been murdered in political violence in Bengal. This is completely untrue. There have been no political murders in Bengal. These deaths may have occurred due to personal enmity, family quarrels and other disputes; nothing related to politics. There is no such record with us,” Ms Banerjee tweeted.
“So, I am sorry, Narendra Modi Ji, this has compelled me not to attend the ceremony,” she said.“The ceremony is an august occasion to celebrate democracy, not one that should be devalued by any political party which uses it as an opportunity to score political points. Please excuse me,” the chief minister added.
On Tuesday, Ms Banerjee said she would be attending the swearing-in ceremony as "constitutional courtesy"."I have spoken to a couple of other chief ministers and have decided to attend it. There are certain ceremonial programmes under the Constitution. We try to attend such events when we get an invitation for the swearing-in programmes of the President and the Prime Minister," she stated yesterday at the state secretariat. UNI