Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s fifth assembly with state Chief Ministers on coronavirus at the moment took an sudden flip as Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused the Centre of taking part in politics over the problem and discriminating between states.
The Centre was taking part in favourites amongst states and was working in line with a “script”, sources quoted Ms Banerjee as saying. “No person ever asks our opinion,” she mentioned, in line with sources.
There was a face-off between Bengal and the Centre over the coronavirus scenario within the state, when in March, a group of Central officers visited the state following studies of lockdown violation and misreporting of coronavirus circumstances.
Mamata Banerjee had shot off a livid letter to PM Modi, alleging that she had not been formally knowledgeable about their go to.
She questioned why her state was chosen for the central groups’ evaluation, defending the anti-coronavirus measures taken by her administration. Her leaders accused the Centre of “combating some states” after they had been busy combating the virus.
The group, which was anticipated to go to the hotspot districts, repeatedly alleged that they acquired no logistical help from the state — an allegation the state denied. I their closing evaluation, the group mentioned the state was missing in sufficient testing, monitoring and surveillance techniques.
Final week, Union well being minister Dr Harsh Vardhan recognized Bengal among the many three states seen as potential hotspots of the illness and the Centre included it among the many 10 states, the place groups of well being consultants will likely be despatched to assist state governments comprise the speedy unfold of the an infection.