The Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief claimed that she could not come to the national capital to attend the meeting as it has been scheduled on a Sunday. However, she sent Amit Mitra to attend the meeting. Mitra is the Finance, Commerce & Industries minister of the state.
The PM called for the meeting with all Chief Ministers (CMs) of the country on planning commission. Speaking at the Rajya Sabha, the PM earlier had said, "I have convened a meeting of Chief Ministers on December 7. We will have a detailed discussions with them."
"In the Planning Commission also there had been discussions earlier on how to bring it in tune with the changing times. Taking all these aspects into consideration, plans are afoot towards a new shape (of the plan panel)," added the PM.
Mamata Banerjee invited criticism for her decision of not attending the meeting. BJP spokesperson Sambit Mahapatra was quoted as saying, "It is highly irresponsible behaviour of Mamata Banerjee, when she says that she did not want to come for the meetings of chief ministers. She says that she has certain engagements which were decided previously."
Continuing his statement, BJP spokesperson also added, "Miss Mamataji no other engagement has more importance than the priority of India. You can hold every other engagement to the second tier, but you cannot hold India's priority on the second tier. So you should come and attend the meeting."
Mamata Banerjee is the only CM of the country who has not met Modi after the latter's appointment as PM. She has been maintaining the distance ever since the announcement of the results of Lok Sabha election 2014. [Sonia, Rahul accepted but not Mamata; CM Didi derails PM Modi's dream project]Later their relationship worsened following the investigations in Saradha scam and Burdwan blast which brought Mamata Banerjee's government and party in a bad light.