Actor Mithun Chakraborty on Tuesday skipped a crucial meeting of the core committee of the BJP in West Bengal that was chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and attended by the party’s National President JP Nadda in Kolkata.

However, barring the star, the remaining 23 members of the core committee were there at the meeting to finalise the party’s strategy for West Bengal for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls for which the BJP has set a target of bagging 35 out of 42 seats.

Although questions are being raised in political circles of the state over Chakraborty’s absence from the meeting, state BJP leaders have denied any underlying reasons for it.