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PM did not speak to Mamata on Badal's invitation: Shukla

chandigarh Updated: Mar 12, 2012 21:15 IST

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had not spoken to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to dissuade her from attending swearing-in ceremony of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, minister of state for parliamentary affairs Rajiv Shukla told reporters here.

"Neither had the Prime Minister spoken to Mamata Banerjee on this issue nor the Finance Minister," he said.

Shukla was reacting to reports that Banerjee decided to abstain from the swearing-in ceremony of Badal after the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister spoke to her on the issue.

Reports also had it that Mukherjee had assured Banerjee that the Prime Minister will directly intervene to resolve the economic package issue of West Bengal.

Banerjee, who had got invitations from both Akali Dal and Samajwadi Party to attend the swearing-in ceremonies of Badal and Akhilesh Singh, has now decided to depute her party leaders for both the programmes.

While Union minister of state for tourism Sultan Ahmed has been asked to attend the swearing-in of Akhilesh Yadav in UP, state tourism minister Rachpal Singh will be going to Punjab.