Kolkata, September 26 (KMS): The Chief Minister of Bengal, Banerjee while describing Modi-led Indian government as “vengeful” and “jealous” has said that the regime has compromised India’s prestige by denying her permission to travel to a global peace conference in Rome on the ground that it was “not commensurate with the level of a chief minister.”
The external affairs ministry formally informed the Bengal government of its decision on Friday, triggering a typical Mamata outburst in which she dared the Indian government to “stop me”. “I am not eager to visit foreign countries, but this was about the respect of the nation.
This government goes on talking about Hindu interests. But if it really has Hindu interests at heart, why deny the only Hindu woman representative from India permission (to go there)?” she said, pointing out that all other invitees to the event were Christians and Muslims
“I was going to represent India, it was not a vacation,” Mamata railed at her by-poll campaign in Bhowanipore. “The Italian government had given me special permission. Several heads of state and religious leaders are going to be present at the event and I was the only Indian invited.” The CM questioned why she had been barred from going to events abroad “whenever I want to go but you all (BJP leadership) can travel as you please”.
In 2018, Mamata didn’t get clearance to attend a Chicago event that was meant to mark 125 years of Swami Vivekananda’s historic speech at the World Parliament of Religion. A proposed trip to China before that had to be cancelled at the last minute because the Centre didn’t allow her to go.