West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee will attend Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony as Prime Minister

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India May 28, 2019, 10.08 PM(IST)

File photo: Mamata Banerjee. Photograph:( ANI )

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'I have spoken to other Chief Ministers also. Since it is a ceremonial program, we thought of attending it. Yes, I will go,' Mamata Banerjee was quoted as saying.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accepted the invitation to Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony as Prime Minister, which will take place on May 30 at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

"I have spoken to other Chief Ministers also. Since it is a ceremonial program, we thought of attending it. Yes, I will go," Mamata Banerjee was quoted as saying.

The two leaders had indulged in a war of words during the campaign period in the run-up to the elections, in which the BJP has made deep inroads into the Trinamool territory in West Bengal by winning 18 Lok Sabha seats out of 42. 

The TMC's victory was reduced from 34 in 2014 to 22 in 2019.

Leaders of BIMSTEC or Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation are also set to attend the oath-taking ceremony.

Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan are the BIMSTEC member states.

BJP alone bagged 303 of total 542 seats contested, 21 more than it had got in the 2014 elections.