In aggravation of the current conflict between the Centre and the West Bengal government, Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government on Saturday, accusing the PMO of propagating “false and one-sided news” in the media.
The squabble arose from a disagreement over a review meeting on Cyclone Yaas, during which the CM allegedly held the Prime Minister waiting. She stated during a press conference that the Prime Minister’s office was being misused to smear her reputation. “They humiliated me by disseminating one-sided material disseminated by the PMO.” “Please don’t humiliate me,” she said.
On her choice to leave a review meeting with Modi on the destruction caused by Cyclone Yaas, she stated, “I had other appointments to attend, and I obtained PM’s permission before departing.” “When we got to the location of the PM-CM meeting, we discovered that the PM had already arrived and that there was a meeting in progress. We were advised to wait outside and that there would be no access for the time being due to a meeting. We waited patiently for quite some time.
When we inquired again, we were told that no one may enter for the next hour “She stated. Later, when she arrived in the conference hall, the PM was meeting with the Honourable Governor, central leaders, and even some opposition party MLAs, according to Banerjee. “This was plainly in violation of the brief. It was merely meant to be a PM-CM meeting. So we decided to present our report to the Prime Minister, and then we travelled to Digha with his authorization. I requested approval from the Prime Minister three times “She stated.
Furthermore, she stated, “Bengal is my first concern, and I will never jeopardise it. I’ll continue to serve as a security guard for the folks here. If the Prime Minister wants me to touch his feet for the sake of Bengalis, I am willing to do so; nevertheless, I should not be humiliated.” She further urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cease the political vendetta by withdrawing the order recalling West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay and allowing him to work for COVID-infected people. On Friday night, the Centre asked the services of the Chief Secretary and asked that the official be relieved immediately by the state government.
The meeting between PM Modi and Ms Banerjee on Friday was their first since the Chief Minister’s Trinamool Congress party won the April-May assembly election. Ties between the two parties have been chilly since even before the elections, with the Trinamool administration blaming the centre of withholding funding owing to the state and the BJP fomenting religious strife, while the BJP has accused Ms Banerjee’s party of inciting political violence.