The ‘Big 3’ who tasted success apart from PM-designate Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha elections — Jayalalithaa, Mamata Banerjee and Naveen Patnaik — are all giving his swearing-in a miss.
Jaya’s stance became clear last week itself when she described the invite to Sri Lanka president as ill advised and unfortunate. Party sources said that chances are that she may not send any special representative either to the swearing -in function.
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik also chose to stay away and will send state finance minister Pradip Amat to represent him at the event instead.
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As Patnaik is not attending the oath-taking ceremony without citing any reason, Amat proceeded to New Delhi, sources said.
While deciding to adopt a positive approach towards the BJP-led NDA government to be headed by Modi, the BJD has said that it would continue to maintain equidistance from both BJP and Congress.
Mamata Banerjee, meanwhile, is sending her top two lieutenants to be in attendance for the ceremony. After much confusion, on Friday Mamata decided to send TMC parliamentary committee chairman Mukul Roy and state finance minister Amit Mitra to Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday.
“It is a courtesy from the Bengal CM to the would-be PM. Nawaz Sharif too is coming to Delhi so it is too early to predict anything else. We will play the role of opposition in the Parliament and raise issues guided by Mamata Banerjee,” said Kalyan Banerjee, party chief whip in Lok Sabha.
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Already it has been made clear that the duo is representing the state government (and not the party in any way). Senior leaders of the party are of the opinion that despite a verbal attack against Modi during the prolonged campaign for Lok Sabha, Mamata Banerjee has taken the first step as a chief minister in extending the courtesy.
Party leaders expect that a fine balance needs to be kept. The TMC government needs Narendra Modi for getting what Mamata calls as ‘Bengal’s due’.
At stake is the much-awaited financial bail-out package including moratorium on interests on loans. Also in question is the CBI probe in Saradha chit fund scam.
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