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Banerjee unhappy for not being able to speak at PM meet

This is not the first time the West Bengal chief minister has accused the Narendra Modi government of not giving her a chance to speak before the prime minister

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is unhappy for not being given a chance to speak at a virtual meeting with Prime Minister yesterday. The development has anguished the entire state administration.

Prime Minister Modi attended the second meeting of the national committee on “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”, in which other chief ministers were present too. Banerjee expressed her displeasure for not getting a chance to speak at the virtual meeting.

A state secretariat official alleged that Banerjee’s name was not on the list of speakers.

This is not the first time Banerjee has accused the union government of not giving her a chance to speak. A similar incident took place in May this year when the prime minister held a meeting with chief ministers to review the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) situation and government machinery’s preparedness.

At the time, Banerjee had said that she felt “insulted”. The chief minister had said that instead of sending an official, she herself came for the meeting to urge the central government for Covid-19 vaccines.

In yesterday’s meeting, Prime Minister Modi said that the pandemic had taught new lessons and shattered the existing structures, which would lead to the emergence of a “new world order” in the post-Covid era, according to a government statement.

Emphasising that this was the right time to set eyes on 2047 when the country will celebrate 100 years of Independence, he said the current generation would be at the helm of affairs then and the nation’s destiny will be in their hands.

“Therefore, it is important to decide what we must inculcate in them now so that they will be able to make big contributions in the future towards the country,” the prime minister said. “We have always insisted upon and fought for our rights but there is a higher greatness in following one’s duties,” he said.

It is only when people follow their duties religiously that they are able to ensure rights of others automatically, Prime Minister Modi said.

At the meeting, Ministry of Culture Secretary Govind Mohan gave a presentation on the overview of activities of “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” being held to mark the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence.

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