Away from hesitation of annoying West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi ensured that the 54 family members of BJP supporters killed during violence in West Bengal attended his swearing-in today.
They included relatives of Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) workers who were allegedly killed in political violence in West Bengal.
All of them were present at the President House during Modi’s oath-taking ceremony on Thursday evening.
A man, whose father was killed in poll violence allegedly by Trinamool Congress supporters, said that he felt great to be invited by the Prime Minister.
Reacting to Mamata’s decision to stay away from the ceremony, one of the family members who reached Delhi said, “How will she (Mamata) come? She knows if she will come here, she will have to face the victims. What answer will she give? She did not come because she knows she could not face us.”
Backtracking from her earlier stance, Banerjee on Wednesday declined to attend Modi’s swearing-in ceremony objecting to the invitation extended to families of BJP workers allegedly killed in political violence in the state.
Banerjee contested the allegations saying no political murders took place in Bengal during the elections.
BJP secured a clear majority with 303 seats, while Congress was at a distant 52 in the parliamentary elections. BJP made strong inroads in West Bengal this time, leaving Banerjee all the more irritated.