| BJP on Saturday slammed Mamata Banerjee s decision to keep away from Sunday s meeting of chief ministers called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked the West Bengal CM to rise above "partisan politics" for the development of the state.
Maintaining that Mamata should forget political differences in matters of development, BJP secretary Shrikant Sharma said Modi s priority is progress of the entire country and the Bengal CM should not drag politics into it. "The meeting (of chief ministers) is development-oriented. Modi believes India will develop only when its states develop. She should respect our federal structure and participate in the meeting forgetting party politics," he told reporters.
Modi called the meet to seek views of CMs regarding the structure, scope and role of the new body that will replace the Planning Commission in the light of the changed economic reality on the ground.
The TMC chief s decision to skip the meeting follows increasing belligerence by her party against BJP which has been trying to corner her over probe into the Saradha chit fund scam and Burdwan blast. "Mamataji should participate in the meeting setting aside political differences. This will be in the best interests of West Bengal," Sharma said.
On the terror strike in Kashmir, Sharma said the recent spate of terror attacks pointed to increasing frustration amongst militants and their Pakistan-based masters over the high turn-out in the ongoing polls in the state.
"People are voting against guns and terror and for development by pressing EVM buttons. It has frustrated militants and their Pak-based masters, " he said.