Mamata to attend UPA-II anniversary celebrations

Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee will be attending the first anniversary celebrations of the UPA-II here on May 22.

Updated: May 19, 2010, 21:53 PM IST

New Delhi: Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee
will be attending the first anniversary celebrations of the
UPA-II here on May 22.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had called her up yesterday
requesting her to join the celebrations and she has agreed to
attend the event, said a source close to her. Banerjee will
also join the UPA dinner in the evening, the source said.

Earlier, there was speculation that she would not be able
to attend the programme as she is busy campaigning for civic
elections in West Bengal.

Though Trinamool Congress is the second largest party in
UPA after Congress, the two are at loggerheads in the Kolkata
municipal elections, which they are contesting separately
following failure of seat-sharing talks.

Pawar to give a miss

Meanwhile, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar will not
be attending the first anniversary celebrations of the UPA-II.

Pawar, who is Food and Agriculture Minister, left for
abroad today on a week-long visit. It is not immediately known
who will represent NCP in the celebrations. Union Ministers
Praful Patel and Agatha Sangma represent the party in the
government along with Pawar.

DMK sources said that Union Minister M K Alagiri is
unlikely to attend the celebrations as he is on a personal
visit to the US. DMK leaders T R Baalu and Dayanidhi Maran are
likely to attend.

Government sources said that DMK chief M Karunanidhi has
also been invited.

PTI