Trinamool invites Buddhadeb to swearing-in ceremony

Kolkata: Seeking to reach out to arch rival CPI-M, Trinamool Congress on Thursday invited outgoing West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee for tomorrow`s swearing-in of the new government.

Deputy leader of the Trinamool Congress legislature party Partha Chatterjee met Bhattacharjee at his Palm Avenue residence here and invited him for tomorrow`s ceremony.

Chatterjee invited both Bhattacharjee and his wife Meera Bhattacharjee to the inauguration of the new council of ministers.

The visit to Bhattacharjee`s residence was the first by any Trinamool leader since the party came into being in 1998.

Chatterjee, who told reporters he had gone to Bhattacherjee`s residence as directed by Mamata Banerjee, said, "We will do our work showing due courtesy to all."

On Tuesday, Chief Minister-designate Mamata Banerjee herself went to expelled CPI-M leader and former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee`s residence here to invite him for the swearing-in ceremony.

A senior Left Front leader and RSP central committee member Manoj Bhattacharjee said, "I appreciate the good gesture, but I feel this is not enough. This humility should also be present in the party`s grassroot level."

The RSP leader observed development programmes could be best implemented if `disturbances in civil society` were take care of.