Mamata Banerjee has cited her election campaign in poll-bound West Bengal as the reason for her unavailability. Bengal chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay will attend the Covid-19 review meeting.
The West Bengal CM had skipped the last meeting called by the Centre on March 17 as well.
The prime minister's second interaction with chief ministers within a month comes as Covid-19 cases in the country breached the 1-lakh mark thrice in four days. Covid-19 cases in India hit a record daily high on Thursday, with 1,26,789 new infections being reported.