Republic Media Network has learnt that the presence of Congress chief ministers in the swearing-in-ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be contingent to party president Rahul Gandhi's attendance.
According to sources, the chief ministers of the grand old party has made a collective decision to skip the oath-taking ceremony if Rahul Gandhi misses the event scheduled on May 30.
In this case, the chief minister of Chhattisgarh Bhupesh Baghel, chief minister of Madhya Pradesh Kamal Nath, chief minister of Puducherry V. Narayanasamy, chief minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh and chief minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot might omit.
This development comes minutes after chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee and chief minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan announced that they would be giving the ceremony a miss.
Politicising the ceremony, Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee stated that she is compelled to not attend the ceremony, accusing the PM Modi government of the West Bengal situation.
She said that owing to media reports which say that the BJP has claimed that 54 people were murdered in West Bengal in poll violence and calling them as falsehoods, she has decided to not attend the ceremony.
She has said that ceremony "is an august occasion to celebrate democracy, not one that should be devalued by any political party."
The election campaign saw a fierce confrontation between PM Modi-Amit Shah duo and Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal during the Lok Sabha 2019 elections, wherein the saffron party managed to make in-roads into the Trinamool territory by securing 18 out of 42 seats.
Meanwhile, after a humiliating performance in the Parliamentary elections, Rahul Gandhi is insistent on his drama to quit his position as the Congress president. As per sources, the Congress will formulate this mechanism and decide on its next party chief within three months. During this time, current party president Rahul Gandhi will continue to remain in the role and discharge his duties, including the overhaul of the party that he has been empowered to carry out by the Congress Working Committee (CWC).
Adding to the already hefty list of attendees of PM-elect Modi's swearing-in, foreign leaders from the member states of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) namely Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand , Nepal and Bhutan are reportedly attending the ceremony.