Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal launched an all-out attack aimed at the central government on Tuesday. The two-term CM held a press conference where she told media persons, “In this time of crisis, we are fighting this pandemic. BJP is trying to spread riots and are putting it out on Twitter.”
CM Banerjee’s scathing remarks come less than 24 hours after she interacted with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a video-conference meet where she criticised the Ministry of Home Affairs for politicising the state’s response to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
“You (BJP) have all the time in the world to fight me in politics. There is a year’s time for polls. Please hold your horses and be patient. Fight me on political grounds later, stand united against coronavirus now,” the West Bengal CM appealed to the Centre through the media.
Responding to questions about clashes between two groups in Hooghly’s Telinipara, Mamata Banerjee said, “I have told police to take the strictest action. Those who violated the lockdown and indulged in communal clashes will be tried under the National Disaster Management Act. No one will be spared. We will not see whether the person belongs to community-A or community-B.”
The chief minister went even further to say, “Those who spread fake news on Twitter creating a rift between Hindus and Muslims. Do you indulge in religious profiling of coronavirus patients or SARI patients? If some people think during the time of coronavirus they will foment communal troubles, we will not allow this.”
“Those who are doing big talks, I want to urge them why not go help the frontline COVID warriors. Why not help the cleaning staff, medical staff and police? It is easy to vandalise and torch police vehicles. We will not allow this,” Banerjee said.
West Bengal CM also broke her silence on alleged discrepancies in data about Covid-19 casualties in the state that landed on the radar of an inter-ministerial committee in April. She said, “Those who badmouthed us on audit panel and comorbidity deaths. Now, centre has approved comorbidity deaths and other states are doing it too.”
The medical infrastructure of West Bengal has been the best in the last ten years and the general department of hospitals is suffering because of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Mamata Bannerjee said. She added that the state’s testing was low because it only had four labs and had to request the Centre for permission to set up more labs.
While reiterating the prime…