West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that she felt humiliated as she was not allowed to speak during the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on handling of Covid-19.
Today, PM Modi chaired a high-level meeting with District Magistrates of 54 districts from 10 states with high caseloads of Covid-19 infections. Respective Chief Ministers were also present during the meeting.
Addressing the media after the PM’s meeting, Banerjee said, It was so unfortunate that after inviting the CMs, he did not talk to us. We were not allowed to speak.Only some BJP chief ministers and the PM made small speeches and ended the meeting after this. It was a casual meeting.
If states were not allowed to speak, why were they called. All the Chief Ministers must protest for not being allowed to speak, Banerjee was quoted saying to news agency ANI.
She continued, This was not a one-way communication… it was a one way humiliation… One nation, all humiliation. Is the Prime Minister so insecure that he didn’t want to listen to the Chief Ministers? Why is he so scared? If he didn’t want to hear the Chief Ministers, why call us? He let some District Magistrates speak and insulted the Chief Ministers, she added.
She further claimed that PM Modi never asked about vaccines or about remdesivir. He never asked about black fungus cases in the meeting. She wanted to raise the issue of vaccine shortage and wanted to ask for more vaccine doses for Bengal but was not allowed to speak, said Banerjee.
Banerjee further attacked PM Modi for saying that fresh Covid-19 cases are on a decline. She said, PM Modi claimed that coronavirus is decreasing. This claim was done previously as well, which led to a further increase in cases.
Meanwhile, in the meeting, PM Modi also cautioned against Covid vaccine wastage, saying even single dose going waste denies someone protection shield. He also asked district officials to collect data on children being infected with Covid.
The prime minister also said the strategy to deal with the pandemic should be dynamic, innovative and constantly upgraded as he underlined the dangers posed by the virus which, he noted, is invisible and often mutates.