Mamata Banerjee not to attend party chiefs’ meet in Delhi

New Delhi: The TMC supremo and Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee will not attend the party chiefs’ meet in Delhi scheduled for Wednesday.
Banerjee on Tuesday excused herself from the scheduled meeting and wanted a White Paper on simultaneous polls in the country as proposed by the Modi dispensation.
She asked the Union government to prepare a White Paper on ‘one nation, one election’ instead of doing it “hurriedly”.
The Prime Minister has invited heads of all parties who have an MP either in Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha for a meeting on June 19 to discuss several issues including the “one nation, one election” idea, celebration of the 75 years of Independence in 2022 and 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary this year.
In a letter to the Prahlad Joshi, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister, the West Bengal Chief Minister has said that the matter requires consultations with experts.
The TMC supremo wrote: “Instead of doing the matter hurriedly, I would request you to kindly circulate a White Paper on the subject to all political parties inviting their views by providing adequate time. If you only do so, we will be able to give concrete suggestions on this important subject”.
She further said in her letter that regarding the development of aspirational districts, her party had already conveyed that they are not in support of selection of a few districts.
This would not conform to the overall objectives of achieving balanced and uniform development of all the districts of the state, the letter said.

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