Kolkata: Third time elected Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee said that the Covid-19 crisis in the country was the result of the Centre “not doing any work” in the last six months. As the Union ministers and leaders were visiting Bengal daily for 2021 assembly elections to “capture” it, she said.
Mamata Banerjee was speaking in the West Bengal Assembly after Trinamool Congress MLA Biman Bandyopadhyay was elected the Speaker for the third straight time.
Warning over the post election violence, the chief minister claimed the BJP was provoking violence after failing to win in West Bengal elections.
“I can challenge that had the Election Commission not helped them directly, they (BJP) could not have won even 30 seats. In this election, rigging took place in some places under the watch of the poll panel,” Mamata was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
She also stressed the need to reform the Election Commission. “Now, they (BJP) cannot accept the mandate of the people and are trying to incite violence by posting fake videos,” the CM said.
Mamata directed the administration to take immediate action against those trying to provoke violence and communal tensions.
The West Bengal CM also alleged that without undergoing RT-PCR Covid tests, the personnel of the central forces were in the state during election and that is the resulting in the spread of the infection.
The Chief Minister claimed in last six months that the Centre “did no work.”
“To set up a double-engine government in Bengal, they have pushed India to the brink of destruction. Last six months, the central government did no work and they were all here daily to capture Bengal,” Mamata lashed out.
She also stated that the demand for universal vaccination should be the priority of the Centre. But instead the government is spending Rs 50,000 crore on the new Parliament building, PM’s residence and statues, among others.