Mamata to skip Niti Aayog meeting on May 27

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has decided to skip the Niti Aayog meeting slated to be held in New Delhi on May 27, a senior official at the state secretariat said on Wednesday. The decision came a day after the TMC, of which Banerjee is the chief, announced that it will boycott the inauguration of the new Parliament building in the national capital. The reason behind Banerjee’s skipping of the Niti Aayog meeting is not known. ”The Bengal CM may not be participating in the Niti Aayog scheduled in New Delhi on May 27,” the bureaucrat said. Banerjee had earlier this month expressed interest in participating in the meeting and said that she will highlight the issue of the state which being allegedly deprived by the Centre. She had then said, ”I will be participating at the Niti Ayog meeting on May 27 in New Delhi because it is the only platform to highlight the issues of a state”.