One probably thought the response of the West Bengal government to the Covid-19 pandemic may figure as a key issue in the state assembly election due in 2021. The Narendra Modi government had also sent senior Central bureaucrats in May this year to monitor the situation in the state.
But, according to BJP state unit chief Dilip Ghosh, coronavirus is gone. While addressing a rally, Ghosh claimed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is using coronavirus as an excuse and imposing a lockdown across the state for the sole purpose of preventing the opposition party from holding rallies. A majority of the people present in the rally weren’t wearing masks and social distancing was completely neglected. Ghosh’s statement regarding the virus’ farewell comes at a time when India is hitting record spikes in coronavirus cases.
Earlier, BJP president JP Nadda called the Trinamool Congress government anti-Hindu. Nadda supported his argument by pointing to alleged minority appeasement and portrayed Hindus as the victims of such politics. He opposed the lockdown implemented by CM Banerjee on August 5. He alleged when whole India was celebrating Ayodhya’s bhumipujan, the West Bengal CM deliberately halted the public from taking part in the celebrations by not lifting the lockdown. He added that the same government had no problem lifting the lockdown for Eid al-Adha. Nadda claimed BJP’s vote percentage is constantly growing and in the elections they aim to oust the Trinamool Congress regime.
PM Modi in his latest comments on the Covid crisis directed everyone to strictly follow the rules and precautions. He mentioned mandatory use of masks and asked the public to maintain social distancing. Ghosh seems to have overlooked the PM’s directions; the current tally in West Bengal has gone up to 1,93,175 infected cases with 3,771 deaths with the fatality rate at 2%.