Sonia not to attend Mamata`s swearing in, Chidambaram will

Congress President Sonia Gandhi will not be attending the swearing-in of Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee as West Bengal Chief Minister in Kolkata on Friday.

Last Updated: May 18, 2011, 23:42 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi
will not be attending the swearing-in of Trinamool Congress
chief Mamata Banerjee as West Bengal Chief Minister in Kolkata
on Friday.
Instead, Home Minister P Chidambaram will represent the
Congress at the function along with Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee, AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said
tonight.

Dwivedi said Defence Minister A K Antony and CWC member
Shakeel Ahmed, who is in-charge of party affairs in West
Bengal will go to Kolkata tomorrow to attend the meeting
of Congress Legislature Party as central observers from the
party. Antony may also stay back for the swearing in
ceremony.
Sources said the decision on the issue of Congress`
participation in the Mamata-ledgovernment will be taken in the
CLP meeting tomorrow, adding indications are positive.

Soon after her landslide victory, Banerjee, who is also
Railway Minister, had called on Gandhi as also Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh to invite them to the swearing-in ceremony.

Singh had expressed his inability to attend the function
in view of a foreign tour.

PTI