West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has decided to skip the scheduled meeting of PM Narendra Modi with the chiefs of political parties in Delhi on June 19, while asking the Centre to prepare a white paper on 'one nation, one election', instead of doing it 'hurriedly'.
Mr. Modi has invited the heads of all the political parties that have at least one member either in the Lok Sabha or in the Rajya Sabha for a meeting on June 19 to discuss several issues, including the “one nation, one election” idea, celebration of 75 years of Independence in 2022 and the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi this year.
It will be followed by a dinner meeting with all the MPs on June 20.
With 22 Lok Sabha members, the Trinamool Congress, led by Ms. Banerjee, is the fourth-largest party in the Lower House of Parliament, along with the YSR Congress, which also has 22 members in the Lok Sabha.
With 303 MPs, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is the largest party in the Lok Sabha, followed by the Congress (52) and the DMK (23).