Mamata Banerjee, Karunanidhi to miss UPA-II celebrations

In celebration of the third anniversary of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance UPA-II, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is going to be hosted a dinner party on tonight in office at the Centre.

All UPA-II MPs and leaders are being invited to mark the coalition’s three years, but report is that Key ally Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and DMK president M Karunanidhi will not be presented there.

However no specific reason has to be cited for their absence, but Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress all-India general secretary Mukul Roy said that party is for MPs, not Chiefs.

“It is basically a dinner extended by the Prime Minister every year to all MPs of the UPA and Banerjee is not an MP now,” Roy told reporters.

Roy cleared that he is likely to attend the dinner with some other party MPs, while a “personal invitation” has been extended to Banerjee to attend the dinner, but she would not be able to make it because of her “pre-occupation” in the state.

While asking about 88-year old leader’s absence at the celebrations, source said, Karunanidhi would not attending the dinner to be hosted by Prime Minister and instead DMK’s Parliamentary party leader T R Baalur would represent the party.

To mark coalition’s three years, the UPA government is set to release its third anniversary report card ‘Report to the People’ today, highlighting the successful sectorwise initiatives taken over the last one year.

The report is likely to the indicator of progress in sectors, particularly agriculture, power and social sector – 14 percent increase in per capita income along with 55% in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), 20,500 MW of power generation2.3 billion dollars from tourism sector and 10 crore new telephone connections were added last year.

‘Report to the People’ will release by Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi before the dinner is hosted by Mr. Singh to MPs and leaders today.


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