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Mamata Banerjee Disclose Argument On Coronavirus : "I Told Amit Shah..."
BJP claimed Mamata Banerjee did not want to take responsibility for treating, testing or quarantining the migrants.
Mamata Banerjee Disclose Argument On Coronavirus: "I Told Amit Shah..."
New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee raising the political pitch in her battle with the centre over handling of the coronavirus crisis, on Wednesday revealed that she had told Union Home Minister Amit Shahs that if he thought that the West Bengal government was failing to handle the crisis properly, why didn't he try and deal with it himself.
Also, she accused the Railway Minister of politics over migrant trains, at least 28 of which are expected in the state from Maharashtra in the next 24 hours.
Ms.Banerjee in a news briefing in Kolkata, called to address the issue of migrant workers trains arriving in West Bengal Wednesday said that "I told Amit Shah, you are sending constantly central teams to Bengal. Go right ahead. But if you think the West Bengal government can't do the job, why don't you handle the corona crisis yourself? I have no problem".
"I thank him for what he said in response," she added. "He said... 'No, no, how can we dislodge an elected government'. He said that to me."
Mr. Shah and Ms. Banerjee have been taking shots at each other over the coronavirus crisis. Not only the Union Home Secretary and the Bengal chief secretary exchange a terse letter on the issue, Ms. Shah also wrote to Ms. Banerjeee about pointing out flaws in her Coronavirus management."I would normally never disclose all this. But given the situation, I want to tell Amit Shah, take care. You have done the lockdown. But trains and planes are running. So what about the people?" she said.
"I want to tell PM and HM (Home Minister), please see corona doesn't spread. We already have 1 lakh cases. Some quarters want it to spread for politics. Bihar is affected. Rajasthan, MP, it is spreading everywhere. What can I do? In this disastrous situation, I want PM to intervene," she said.
The main shove of Ms. Banerjee'spress meet was the huge number of migrant trains now on way to Bengal, while that sounded like an appeal. In the next 24 hours or so, as many as 36 trains are expected to arrive Bengal from across Maharashtra.
The sudden deployment of migrant trains was a political ploy to "disturb" her, claims Ms. Banerjee. What she left unsaid was that the BJP was attempting to create trouble TMC ahead of the 2021 elections.
"They are trying to disturb me politically but ending up disturbing West Bengal. Disturb me politically but do some planning about the migrant trains," she said.
"What is this nonsense? We are battling corona, on one hand, the cyclone on the other. And they are sending all these trains. Doesn't the railway ministry have any sense of responsibility? They were supposed to consult state governments before sending them. Why didn't they consult us? They did not follow our schedule. They did what was politically convenient to them and forcefully. Don't you see it is causing trouble for Bengal? We are in the middle of a natural calamity. Should I be handling the calamity, people's suffering, or the politics they have thrust upon me?" she said.
The opposition BJP in Bengal has accused Ms. Banerjee of trying to shirk her responsibility towards migrants, claiming that she did not want them back.BJP claimed that West Bengal CM did not want to take responsibility for creating, testing, or quarantining the migrants. But in a clear change of political strategy, Ms. Banerjee said she will bring back the migrants home "If they had executed our plans properly, they would all be back in 15 days," she said.
But the opposition BJP is trying to expose her alleged doublespeak. On Wednesday, it issued a nine-point charge sheet against the Mamata Banerjee government on its completion of nine-year in office."While UP had hundreds of trains carrying migrants in the first round, Bengal had less than 10," the charge sheet said.