West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday took umbrage at not being invited to the inauguration of the East-West Metro corridor, asserting that her team had to “shed tears” to sanction the project when she was the railway minister. Also Read - East-West Metro: Invitation Card Doesn't Have Her Name, Mamata Won't Attend

The first phase of the East-West corridor of the mass rapid transport network was flagged off by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday, but the TMC gave the event a miss after Banerjee’s name did not feature in the list of invitees. Also Read - You Are Showing Path to India, Dalai Lama Congratulates Kejriwal; Mamata to Attend Swearing-in

“We had worked hard for the East-West Metro project. We had to literally shed tears for it (approval). I felt bad as I was not even informed about the inauguration,” Banerjee, who was the railway minister from 2009-2011, said in the state assembly. Also Read - Delhi Assembly Elections 2020: Mamata Banerjee Congratulates Aam Aadmi Party's Arvind Kejriwal

The first phase of the metro project connects a 4.88-km stretch between Sector V of Salt Lake — the IT hub of the city — with Salt Lake Stadium.

Criticising the opposition parties in West Bengal for spreading “political pollution”, the chief minister slammed the CPI(M) and Congress for “politically surrendering” before the BJP.

“The more the Congress inches closer to the CPI(M), the more it will lose its prominence. Wherever regional parties are strong, the Congress literally doesn’t have any existence,” she said.

Banerjee also said she will write to other chief ministers, urging them to not conduct the NPR exercise, as it is a “prelude” to the NRC.