This Article is From Jun 06, 2009

Congress to attend all-party meet on Aila

Congress to attend all-party meet on Aila

Unlike ally Trinamool Congress which has decided not to attend the all-party meeting convened by West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to discuss relief measures for Cyclone Aila, the Congress said on Saturday that it would be sending two representatives.

"Congress, as an national party will attend the all party meeting. WBPCC working president Subrata Mukherjee and Congress legislature party leader Manas Bhunia will represent the party at tomorrow's meeting," state Congress working president Pradip Bhattacharya said in Kolkata.

After a meeting with WBPCC chief and Union Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, Bhattacharya said that the state government had neither sent any papers nor informed the Opposition of its plan to cope up with the situation in the wake of the cyclone.

"We will register our protest at the meeting on this," he said and wondered why it (all-party meeting) was being called so many days after the cyclone.

He alleged that the state government had no crisis or disaster management plan and thought its task was over by convening an all-party meeting.

The chief whip of the Trinamool Congress Parliamentary party in Lok Sabha Sudip Bandopadhyay had earlier said that the exercise was 'suspect' as the meeting was taking place so many days after the cyclone.