West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday wrote a letter to Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and informed him that she would be unable to attend the meeting of the Presidents of all political parties, called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday.
The TMC Chief, in her letter, wrote, “Response on sensitive topics like ‘One Nation One Election in such a short time won’t do justice to it.”
An all-party meeting was held in New Delhi on Sunday. During the meeting, the government had sought the support of the Opposition parties to ensure smooth functioning of both the Houses.
Those present at the meeting included Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma of Congress, NCP leader Supriya Sule, TR Balu of DMK, Derek O Brien of TMC, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, Navneetha Krishnan of AIADMK and Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav.
Briefing the media after the meeting, Pralhad Joshi had informed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting with all party Presidents on June 19 on the issue of One Nation, One Election. He said Modi will also meet all the MPs on June 20.
“Prime Minister has called a meeting of the Presidents of all the political parties represented in Parliament on 19th June. He would like to discuss important issues including One Nation, One Election and 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi,” said Joshi.