Arun Jaitley skips Bengal Business Summit, Mamata Banerjee talks notes ban

Even though number 4 on Invitation list after President Pranab Mukherjee, Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi and Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal, Jaitley's absence wasn't much of a surprise for everyone.

Arun Jaitley skips Bengal Business Summit, Mamata Banerjee talks notes ban

Amongst the biggest guests present at Mamata Banerjee's Bengal Global Business Summit, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley gave it a miss. However, President Pranab Mukherjee expressed his displeasure at his absence with his statement.

The star of the show, President Pranab Mukherjee fully backed his host's bid to woo business to Bengal and sent out a message to her and to the missing guest, Arun Jaitley.


"When I was sent the invitation to attend the meet, I thought whether it will be proper to do that as President of the republic. But I felt that as India has cooperative federalism, it lays on the strength of every state. India's strength lies in cooperative federalism especially when it comes to economic development," he said.

Even though number 4 on Invitation list after President Pranab Mukherjee, Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi and Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal, Jaitley's absence wasn't much of a surprise for everyone.



Given the head-on confrontation between Mamata Banerjee and PM Narendra Modi on demonetisation, his absence was being counted on. However, it was the first time that Jaitley skipped Mamata's Bengal Business Summit.



Business delegations came in from 29 countries, 350 of them from Germany, South Korea, Poland and from across India.

"As businessmen I am disappointed. Last year Jaitley had said India's progress depends on the state's progress altogether," said Rajeev Kaul, NICCO chairman.

Ex CII Chief (East) Ambareesh Dasgupta added "We are focusing on those who came and not those you could not. Mr Jaitley must have had his reasons. "

"We are facing hardship because of demonetisation and remonetisation. Come to Bengal. We are giving relief to industry," said CM Banerjee.