BH CORRESPONDENT,Kolkata: Even as Railway Minister Piyush Goyal flagged off the East-West Metro services on Thursday evening amidst a boycott of the ceremony by ministers and councellors of the Trinamool Congress government. What miffed the state government and the party leadership was that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was not invited for the event.
Union minister Babul Supriyo, who is also the MP from Asansol, was also present at the inaugural ceremony of the East-West Metro first phase that connects Salt Lake Sector Five with Salt Lake Stadium.
In the invitation card of the inaugural ceremony, the names of Trinamool Congress MP, MLA and municipality chairman were mentioned as invited dignitaries. But, Mamata Banerjee’s name was omitted, leaving the Trinamool Congress fuming.
What made matters worse was that the Metro project was conceived when Mamata Banerjee was the rail minister. The project, too, is a collaboration of the state and central governments.
Piyush Goyal flagging off East-West Corridor Metro Services in Kolkata
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Metro Railway authorities, denied having slighted the chief minister. They insisted that though her name was missing in the invitation card, Mamata Banerjee was invited for the function and that a card had been sent to the CM’s office at Nabanna.
Metro officials added that they had invited several Trinamool leaders including MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, local MLA Sujit Basu and chairman of Bidhannagar municipality Krishna Chakravorty following the standard protocol. But none of them were present at the ceremony on Thursday.
“The state government played a major role in the implementation of the East-West Metro project. I would have been glad if the state government did send their representatives,” said Babul Supriyo.