TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, DMK president MK Stalin, TRS president K Chandrashekar Rao and TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu will not attend the all-party meeting convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday.
PM Modi has invited heads of all parties who have an MP either in Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha for a meeting on Wednesday to discuss several issues including the ‘one nation, one election idea. It will be followed by a dinner meeting with all MPs on June 20.
In a letter to Pralhad Joshi, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Mamata Banerjee sought a White Paper on the subject, saying the matter requires consultation with experts.
“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 wrote.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, who had previously skipped the NITI Aayog govering council meet, will also skip the high-profile meeting.
On Tuesday, he said, “KCR addressing a press conference had said, “What is there to discuss there? We will only maintain constitutional relations with Centre. I still back my federal front. No use talking to Centre. Didn’t even get Re 1 for state. I have already stated that Modi runs a fascist govt. It’s a fact on record.”
However, his son KT Rama Rao and working president of TRS will attend it on his behalf.
Meanwhile, today’s meeting will also discuss celebration of 75 years of India’s Independence in 2022 and the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi this year.