Mamata, Cabinet minister not of constituency or state: CPI(M)

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 17:34

New Delhi: Targeting Railway Minister Mamata
Banerjee for skipping the Cabinet meeting on Jharkhand on Tuesday,
CPI(M) said she was a minister of the entire country and not
of any particular constituency or state.
"Being a Cabinet Minister, you are concerned with India
as a whole and you are not concerned only with your state or
constituency which you come from. To say that Jharkhand is a
small issue is very very insulting and belittling," CPI(M)
Politburo member Sitaram Yechury said.

His comments came in the backdrop of Banerjee skipping
the Cabinet meeting which was called to discuss about
recommending President`s Rule in Jharkhand.

She remarked she did not attend the meeting as it was
"only for Jharkhand... a very simple meeting and I was
doing some serious job here".
Yechury said a Cabinet minister should attend such
meetings unless there are very "exceptional" circumstances and
otherwise it did not augur well. "The Cabinet functions on
collective responsibility and it for all members on all
issues," he said.

Banerjee also said there are no differences between her
Trinamool Congress and Congress party.


First Published: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 17:34

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