Until a couple of days in the past, Covid-19 was not a problem throughout election rallies in West Bengal. However, as circumstances rose, amid a fierce campaigning battle, the pandemic made an entry into the political discourse.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took up the problem of the extreme surge in Covid-19 circumstances and made it central to her rallies after the Bharatiya Janata Party, based mostly on an unauthenticated leaked cellphone name, accused the TMC of instigating “violence” in Sitalkuchi killings amid different allegations of lower cash and corruption.
As the second wave of Covid-19 started to rage in Bengal and throughout the nation, CM Banerjee hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union authorities for “mismanagement” and “incompetence”.
Banerjee has accused the Modi authorities of “not doing sufficient”. In a letter to PM Modi, she talked about that she had requested the Centre to provide the states extra freedom with issues of vaccination and important medication.
In truth, the ruling Trinamool Congress had additionally submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission, urging to membership collectively the previous few phases of the elections given the circumstances and curtail rallies which are crowd pullers to test the Covid-19 unfold. The demand was rejected by each the EC and the BJP. However, it’s now being thought of.
The previous couple of phases of the Bengal meeting elections are essential for each the BJP and the TMC. Especially for the latter.
The remaining seats in Kolkata, the place voters are extra conscious than in hinterlands, will go to polls in the final three phases. The sudden spurt in Covid-19 circumstances in Delhi, Maharashtra and different states had a constructive affect in Kolkata as individuals started to masks up.
Jyoti, a scholar of Kolkata’s Presidency College, whereas buying books in iconic College Street, mentioned, “We ought to have been extra ready. Our politicial leaders should realise that Bengal is not any higher and all should masks up. I’ve begun to.”
Sujoy Haldar, proprietor of Ajanta Chemicals in Ballygunge, mentioned, “Over the previous few days, I’ve seen individuals all of a sudden coming and asking for N95 masks and santisers. Good.”
In Bengal, there’s a perception that whoever wins Kolkata, wins the state. Therefore, with Kolkata going to polls, the TMC is seeking to achieve out the Covid-19 issu. Not simply the TMC, however even the Congress, which has sizeable affect in the constituencies like Murshidabad, Malda, Uttar Dinajpur, too, has made the pandemic their electoral plank.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, who examined constructive on Tuesday, cancelled all his rallies final week and has been most vocal in criticising the federal government on COVID-19. “Voters in the sixth spherical of polling in Bengal have nice alternative to talk for your complete nation,” P Chidambaram had mentioned in a tweet.
However, the BJP has refused to take the blame. It has criticised CM Banerjee for “politicising” the pandemic as “she was not ready herself”.
The saffron get together has slammed Banerjee for “lack of hospitals”, “well being infrastructure” and “trendy services” in the state, particularly rural Bengal, which has resultantly “cramped up” hospitals in Kolkata.
PM Modi has again and again hit out at Banerjee for refusing to undertake the Centre’s well being scheme of Ayushman Bharat. At a rally, he mentioned “She hates me a lot that she doesn’t even look after the individuals of Bengal. She has refused to be part of this scheme, which is for the individuals.”
CM Banerjee and TMC supremo retorted saying that the Bengal authorities already has an analogous well being scheme underneath the title “Swastha Saathi”.
The Centre has stepped in with many steps to manage the scenario after a number of states pleaded for assist for weeks. One of the measures that the Centre has taken is to grant extra autonomy to states to plan their battle.
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