KOLKATA: Learn how you can “accept the people’s mandate” and “allow us to work on Covid now”, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee informed the Centre and BJP on Thursday, alleging that central ministers have been coming to Bengal to engineer communal riots.
“We do not want to quarrel with you now,” Banerjee mentioned.
“We were sworn in at 10.45 am on Wednesday, the first stern letter from the Centre reached us at 7 pm the same evening and a central team arrived on Thursday morning. Did central teams ever come to ask about oxygen and vaccine shortage? We wish the Centre was similarly proactive when Hathras (gang rape incident) happened and riots took place in Delhi or Uttar Pradesh,” she added.
Banerjee introduced Rs 2 lakh as compensation for the subsequent of kin of 16 individuals who died in post-poll violence, “most of them before May 3, when the model poll code of conduct was in force and law and order was under the Election Commission”.
“I know money cannot bring back those who have died but this will provide some relief to the bereaved families,” she mentioned. One of the useless was a Sanjukta Morcha supporter and the remainder have been from BJP and Trinamool.
Banerjee then appealed to the Centre and BJP: “…Let good sense prevail. A lot of fake videos are in circulation. Stop instigating people. A fake video was sent to me on Wednesday night showing a woman being assaulted. Later, it turned out to be a dispute over tree-felling,” she mentioned.
“All BJP CMs have been asked to speak against me,” she mentioned in response to Assam BJP leaders’ competition that BJP staff from Bengal have been taking shelter in Assam. “Cooch Behar borders Assam. People from Assam come to Bengal when there are disturbances there. It is significant that BJP has won most seats in Cooch Behar,” she mentioned. Banerjee has mentioned a lot of the violence is going on in areas the place BJP has gained.
The Bengal CM questioned the presence of central ministers in Bengal who, she mentioned, “were going to villages and instigating communal riots”.