These leaders will skip PM Modi's all-party meet on "One Nation, One Election"

  • | Wednesday | 19th June, 2019

While NDA allies are expected to join the meeting, Congress is still to decid. On the other hand, there are some party presidents who have turned down the invitation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called an all-party meeting in Delhi on Wednesday to gather the support for "One Nation, One Election`. He has invited the presidents of political parties that have their representatives in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

At the meeting, the Prime Minister is also likely to discuss issues of ‘aspirational districts’, the celebration of 75 years of India’s Independence in 2022 and marking 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary this year, among other things.

While NDA allies are expected to join the meeting, Congress is still to decid. On the other hand, there are some party presidents who have turned down the invitation.

Here are all the party chiefs who are not attending Modi’s meeting

 

Mamata Banerjee, Trinamool Congress: In a letter to Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote that it was difficult to take a call on such a crucial matter on such short notice. The Centre, she wrote, should issue a white paper on the issue. “If you will do so, we will be able to give concrete suggestions on this important subject,” she wrote, adding that she will give the meeting a skip.

 

Arvind Kejriwal, Aam Aadmi Party: While Delhi Chief Minister will not be in attendance, the AAP will be represented by party member Raghav Chadha

 

N Chandrababu Naidu, Telugu Desam Party: Former NDA alliance partner TDP will also stay away from the meeting. Jayadev Galla, who represents Guntur, is likely to attend the meeting

 

K Chandrasekhar Rao, Telangana Rashtra Samithi: TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister KCR said he is busy with the inauguration of Kaleshwaram irrigation project on June 21 and will instead send the party’s working president, KT Rama Rao, to attend the meeting.

 

Mayawati, Bahujan Samaj Party: BSP chief Mayawati will also give the meeting a miss. Calling the idea of simultaneous polls as a ploy to divert attention from key issues, Mayawati said she would have been a part of the meeting had EVMs been the focus


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