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Buddhadeb Skips Governor's Dinner For President

Kolkata, Sep 22 : West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Wednesday night chose not to attend the banquet hosted by Governor M K Narayanan in honour of President Pratibha Patil.  The move is seen
PTI September 22, 2010 22:10 IST
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Kolkata, Sep 22 : West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Wednesday night chose not to attend the banquet hosted by Governor M K Narayanan in honour of President Pratibha Patil.  The move is seen as a reaction to his being kept away by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee from the ceremony attended by the President to mark the start of a new Metro Rail project here.  "It is is for the first time that the Chief Minister is not attending the banquet hosted by the Governor in honour of the President," a senior official in the Governor's office said.

For the record, the official said the Chief Minister had another engagement as a result of which he was unable to attend.  However, Minister-in-waiting for President, Taran Das was deputed by the Chief Minister for the banquet which was attended by 55 other senior officials from the Army and the state administrarion and Rashtrapti Bhavan. PTI