Posted on May 29, 2019, 12:18 PM IST
TMC chief Mamata Banerjee to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s oath-taking ceremony
Narendra Modi is all set to take oath as the Prime Minister on May 30, after his party won a sweeping victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee stated on Tuesday that she will be attending the ceremony scheduled to be held in New Delhi.
Soon after Narendra Modi was chosen as the Prime Ministerial candidate by his party unanimously, invites for his swearing-in ceremony were sent to all Chief Ministers, including Mamata Banerjee.
Confirming the receipt of the invitation, she said that she will make all efforts to attend it.
"I have received an invitation for Modi’s oath-taking ceremony... This is a constitutional ceremony and this is our constitutional courtesy as well as power; we get invitations of Prime Minister as well as President’s oath-taking ceremony and we try our best to attend them, Mamata Banerjee said.Plenty international dignitaries have also been invited for the same. Banerjee will be travelling to Delhi on Wednesday, a day prior, to avoid congestion at the airports.
The battle between Bharatiya Janta Party and Trinamool Congress saw extreme forms during the campaigning season. While Banerjee and Modi were engaged in verbal battles themselves, their party workers often engaged in violent clashes. Amit Shah’s roadshow in Bengal before the last phase of voting led to significant brawls between both parties. As a result, campaigning was suspended by the Election Commission for the period.The TMC chief has accused PM Modi of sending goons in her state to entice violence, while the latter has replied by blaming her for a democratic breakdown in West Bengal.
At one point during the election period, Mamata Banerjee also stated that she refuses to identify Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister. While elections are now done and dusted, the heat between both leaders still remains high.
Bharatiya Janta Party won a historic 40% votes in the state of West Bengal. While Mamata’s TMC still received the majority, BJP’s rapid growth in the state has volumes to speak.