Calling the accusations as “bundle of lies”, Abhishek Banerjee, leader of the ruling Trinamool Congress and nephew of CM Mamata Banerjee dismissed the allegations.
New Delhi| Home Minister Amit Shah, in a letter to West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee today, said that the centre is not receiving an expected response from the state government over the return of stranded migrant workers.
In his letter, the number two minister in Central cabinet over “Shramik” trains run by Railways to escort stranded migrants, said that the West Bengal government is not allowing trains to reach the state and called it an “injustice” for Bengali migrants stranded across the country. At the same time, Amit Shah pointed out that the central government has so far helped over 2 lakh migrant workers to get back to their home states and West Bengal government creating hurdles in the process will only harm the migrant workers from the state.
“… we are not getting expected support from West Bengal. The state government is not allowing trains to reach. This is injustice for West Bengal migrant labourers. This will create further hardship for them,” Home Minister Shah said.
Calling the accusations as “bundle of lies”, Abhishek Banerjee, leader of the ruling Trinamool Congress and nephew of CM Mamata Banerjee dismissed the allegations raised by Amit Shah and said, “A Home Minister failing to discharge his duties during this crisis speaks after weeks of silence, only to mislead people with (a) bundle of lies! Ironically, he is talking about the very people who have been literally left to fate by his own government.”
“Mr Amit Shah, prove your fake allegations or apologise,” he further added in his tweet.
A HM failing to discharge his duties during this crisis speaks after weeks of silence, only to mislead people with 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 https://t.co/HeWYWFafZ5
— Abhishek Banerjee (@abhishekaitc) May 9, 2020
The centre and West Bengal government have been in continuous altercations over the handling of Covid-19 pandemic. The IMCT (inter-ministerial central team) had sparked the outrage in West Bengal when the Mamata government questioned the necessity of sending the team to the state while other states were affected more than West Bengal. The WB government had also raised question over the marking of red zone districts in Bengal saying the centre’s analysis is not correct and had sent its own list of the red zones. The ICMT, this week, in its review of the handling of Covid-19 in the WB, had accused the Mamata Banerjee government of “antagonistic view”.