After the central government claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was made to wait for 30 minutes by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at a review meeting on Cyclone Yaas, Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra on Saturday has hit back at the Bharatiya Janata Party. She questioned what the “fuss” is all about, and said Indians have been waiting for months for vaccines as well.
“So much fuss over an alleged 30 min wait? Indians waiting 7 years for ₹15 lakhs; waiting hours at ATM queues; waiting months for vaccines due. Thoda aap bhi wait kar lijiye kabhi kabhi…(you can also wait for a while at times),” Moitra said in a tweet.
Within just three weeks of the Trinamool Congress regaining power in Bengal, the face-off between the West Bengal government and the BJP-led Central government has sharply intensified. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday had skipped a review meeting on cyclone Yaas called by PM Modi.
Even though Ms. Banerjee did not attend the review meeting, she along with Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay met PM Modi ahead of it. The TMC supremo submitted two reports demanding Rs 10,000 crore each for the development of Digha and Sunderban.
Several top BJP leaders have criticized Banerjee for not attending the PM’s meeting while Union Home Minister Amit Shah has described her conduct as “an unfortunate low”. Trinamool leaders have blamed the Centre for indulging in political impropriety. Describing her behavior as “painful”, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, “This is an unfortunate example of placing political differences above the constitutional duty of public service, which is the core of the Indian federal system…”
Governor Dhankhar, BJP president J P Nadda and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan have also taken to social media to criticize Mamata Banerjee for her action.
The PM announced Rs 1,000 crore financial assistance for Cyclone Yaas-hit states i.e Odisha, West Bengal, and Jharkhand. Modi also undertook an aerial survey of the parts of Odisha and West Bengal which were impacted the most.
Prior to meeting with the PM, Mamata Banerjee had also conducted an aerial survey of North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas districts.