Mamata attends cabinet meet after a month

After remaining busy for a month with the West Bengal civic polls, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday attended the meeting of the Union Cabinet, which she had skipped several times in recent days.

Last Updated: Jun 10, 2010, 23:10 PM IST

New Delhi: After remaining busy for a month
with the West Bengal civic polls, Railway Minister Mamata
Banerjee on Thursday attended the meeting of the Union Cabinet,
which she had skipped several times in recent days.

Banerjee actively participated in the discussions in the
Cabinet which cleared a number of proposals, including one on
transfer of administrative control of Burn Standard Company
and Braithwaite & Co to the Railways from Heavy Industries and
Public Enterprise Ministry.
"There are certain financial issues which will be
resolved later," she said about the proposal after the Cabinet
meeting.

Banerjee, the chief of Trinamool Congress, had not been
attending Cabinet meetings for quite some time now as she
would be in West Bengal for campaigning for the civic polls in
which her party showed an impressive performance.

However, questions were raised when she did not attend
the Cabinet meeting on June one despite being in Delhi.

The meeting had decided on imposition of President`s Rule
in Jharkhand but Banerjee argued that she had "some serious
job" to do.
"It depends on how serious is the meeting... Sometimes
the ministers go, sometimes they have some other duty they do
it. It is a very casual thing, nothing serious," she had said
when reporters asked her about her absence from the Cabinet
meeting on that day.

PTI