High drama prevailed at Bengal's Howrah Station this morning as a visibly annoyed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee refused to come on stage from where the Vande Bharat express to New Jalpaiguri was flagged off.
Mamata Banerjee seemed upset by the loud sloganeering from a section of the invited crowd at the railway station.
Attempts by Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and Governor CV Ananda Bose to pacify her did not bear fruit, as the Chief Minister chose to sit in a chair in the audience instead.
Bengal's first Vande Bharat Express, connecting Howrah and New Jalpaiguri, the gateway to the northeast, as well as several development projects, was virtually inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.
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