WB CM Mamata Banerjee to attend PM Modi's oath-taking ceremony
Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief and West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, has reportedly agreed to attend PM Narendra Modi's oath-taking ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 30 May. Though CM Banerjee and PM Modi were engaged on an intense fight before and even after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the latter has invited her to his swearing-in ceremony, say reports. Here are more details.
News agency ANI quoted CM Banerjee as saying, "I have spoken to other Chief Ministers also. Since it (PM Modi's oath-taking ceremony) is a ceremonial program we thought of attending it." She added, "Yes I will go."
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on PM Modi's oath taking ceremony: I have spoken to other Chief Ministers also. Since it is a ceremonial program we thought of attending it.Yes I will go pic.twitter.com/qbgIomrvCL— ANI (@ANI) May 28, 2019
PM Modi and CM Banerjee had indulged in a war of words in the run-up to the General Election, during the campaign period, and after the election results were announced. Notably, BJP made deep inroads into TMC-ruled West Bengal by winning 18 of 42 LS seats this year. In the 2019 polls, TMC won only 22 seats, down from its 2014 tally of 34.
The news of CM Banerjee agreeing to attend PM Modi's swearing-in ceremony comes on a day two of TMC's MLAs and over 50 councilors of her party switched to BJP. "The elections in (West) Bengal were held in seven phases. Now, these joinings (sic) from Trinamool will also take place in seven phases. Today was the first phase," said BJP leader Kailash Vijayavargiya.
Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind will administer the Oath of Office and Secrecy to PM Modi, who has been re-elected for a second term, and other members of the Union Council of Ministers at 7 pm on 30 May at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Several world leaders, including BIMSTEC leaders, chief ministers, opposition leaders, and other senior politicians have been invited to Modi's second oath-taking ceremony.