Mamata Banerjee to skip NITI Aayog meet for Eid

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said she will not be able to attend the NITI Aayog meeting scheduled on June 16, as it coincides with Eid-ul-Fitr falling on the day.

“I have received a letter for the meeting. According to the calendar, June 16 is a national holiday on the occasion of Eid. How can I leave the state?” Banerjee told reporters here.

“All festivals are important for me. Durga Puja is very important and so is Eid. I do not leave my people during festivals,” she said.

Asked whether any state representative would be sent on her behalf, she said: “The invite is to me. How can someone else go?”