Mamata Banerjee to skip COVID-19 review meet with Narendra Modi
Instead of the chief minister, West Bengal's chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay is likely to attend the meeting, sources said
Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will not attend the virtual meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the COVID-19 situation with other chief ministers, sources in the state government said on Thursday.
Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay will be present in the meeting, they said.
Mamata will be busy campaigning for the ongoing Assembly elections in the state, the sources said.
India registered a record single-day spike of 1,26,789 fresh COVID-19 infections, pushing the overall count to 1,29,28,574 on Thursday, according to the health ministry.
The number of active cases also went upwards to breach the nine lakh-mark again, the ministry data showed.
Assembly Election 2021: Amit Shah, JP Nadda lead roadshows, rallies in West Bengal ahead of 10 April polls
Forty-four assembly seats are going to polls in the fourth phase of the Assembly polls in Bengal on 10 April
While the third phase will mark the end of the voting process in Assam, Bengal will see another five phases before the results are declared on 2 May
The BJP is locked in a tightly contested election in West Bengal with the ruling Trinamool Congress