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TMC Dares Amit Shah to Prove Allegations, BJP Says WB Govt Bothered About One Community

File photos of Amit Shah and Mamata Banerjee.

File images of Amit Shah and Mamata Banerjee.

The ruling TMC in West Bengal and opposition BJP on Saturday traded barbs over ferrying migrant labourers, after Union Home Minister Amit Shah flagged the difficulty of “non-cooperation” by the state authorities, leaving the Mamata Banerjee-led social gathering fuming, which accused him of spreading lies.

  • PTI Kolkata
  • Last Updated: May 10, 2020, 8:01 AM IST

The ruling TMC in West Bengal and opposition BJP on Saturday traded barbs over ferrying migrant labourers, after Union Home Minister Amit Shah flagged the difficulty of “non-cooperation” by the state authorities, leaving the Mamata Banerjee-led social gathering fuming, which accused him of spreading lies.

In what is for certain to escalate stress between the state authorities and the Centre, Shah, in a letter alleged that West Bengal was not permitting trains with migrant staff to succeed in and termed it as an “injustice” to those labourers.

The state BJP unit claimed the West Bengal authorities is simply inquisitive about bringing again folks from a “particular community”.

TMC chief and nephew of the chief minister, Abhishek Banerjee, earlier within the day tweeted: “A HM failing to discharge his duties during this crisis speaks after weeks of silence, only to mislead people with a bundle of lies! Ironically he’s talking about the very ppl who’ve been literally left to fate by his own Govt. Mr @AmitShah, prove your fake allegations or apologise (sic),”

Party MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar accused the Centre of focusing on the chief minister as it may’t “tolerate her”.

“The Centre is mendacity, eight trains able to ferry passengers to Bengal from totally different states. It has no proper to say CM Mamata Banerjee shouldn’t be permitting migrants to come back again. 16 migrants died in your watch, will rail minister take accountability?

“The Centre wants to embarrass our CM and gain politically in the state. They cannot tolerate her and that is why they are targeting us singularly,” she stated.

The TMC IT cell additionally launched three letters written by the chief secretary and extra chief secretary to Rajasthan, Karnataka and Kerala, concerning bringing again migrant labourers from these locations.

The state authorities stated 6,000 migrant staff have already returned and one other 10 trains carrying extra from Punjab, Karnataka and Kerala will arrive quickly.

The BJP shot again, alleging that many of the funds meant for COVID-19 are being spent on publicity.

“The state authorities has spent Rs 1,300 crore for native golf equipment, however solely Rs 200 crore for coronavirus disaster, out of which most have been used for publicity.

“Two special trains for one particular community have only arrived in Bengal from Ajmer Sharif and Kerala. The state government is only bothered about the suffering of the people from a particular community,” BJP nationwide secretary Rahul Sinh stated.

Echoing related sentiments, state BJP president Dilip Ghosh stated “lies” of the TMC have been uncovered.

Referring to the Shramik Special trains being run to facilitate transportation of held up staff from totally different components of the nation, Shah had earlier within the day stated migrant staff from West Bengal are additionally keen to succeed in residence, however the Centre was not getting anticipated help from the state authorities.

“… We are not getting expected support from West Bengal. The state government is not allowing trains to reach West Bengal. This is injustice to migrant labourers. This will create further hardship for them,” the house minister stated.

The Centre has repeatedly criticised the West Bengal authorities over its dealing with of the COVID-19 disaster.

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