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Mamata Banerjee’s behavior caused an unprecedented blow to decorum and federalism: Government | India News


NEW DELHI: Describing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the absence of state officials from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s review meeting on Cyclone Yaas as insensitive, arrogant and extremely unconcerned about the welfare of the people of the state, Central government sources in West Bengal said on Friday CM’s behavior was an unprecedented blow to decorum and federalism.
“Today PM landed at Kalaikunda Air Base after conducting an aerial reconnaissance in Odisha and West Bengal. When the Prime Minister arrived to attend the review meeting, there was no one from the West Bengal government, “said a source, adding:” Both Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and West Bengal Chief Secretary were present. facilities and yet they did. do not come to receive the PM “.
An official said that the prime minister, governor Jagdeep Dhankad and union ministers waited patiently for half an hour for West Bengal representatives to appear. “Suddenly, Mamata Banerjee, in her arrogance, broke in and handed over a pile of papers on the impact of the cyclone to the prime minister and said she was leaving because she had other visits scheduled,” the sources said.
A government source said that if this was not shocking enough, Mamata Banerjee did not even allow West Bengal government officials, such as the chief secretary and the home secretary, to make a presentation. “The whole presentation loaded onto the screen. However, his pettiness prevented the agents from presenting him to the prime minister, ”the sources said.
He said the prime minister took time to review the damage at WB, but politics and CM’s pettiness prevented it from happening. “Mamata is only hurting the interests of the people of WB with this smug behavior,” he added.
He said that never before in the history of the Republic of India has a Chief Minister of a state behaved in such an ugly, disrespectful and arrogant manner with high constitutional positions such as Prime Minister and Governor.
Mamata Banerjee’s arrogance is directed, in her own mind, against the Prime Minister. But in reality, it is hurting the people of West Bengal by refusing to discuss their problems even during the time of natural calamity, ”said the source.
Referring to Banerjee’s objection to the presence of state opposition leader Suvendu Adhikari at the review meeting, government sources said that since Cyclone Yaas is a natural calamity that affects all the states of Odisha and West Bengal, for Therefore, it was imperative that the “collective energies of all elected representatives of the people come together” for quick and effective disaster relief.
“Consequently, LoP from both Odisha and West Bengal were invited to the respective meetings with PM. However, since LoP in Odisha is recovering from Covid-19, he was unable to attend their meeting, “sources said, adding:” Mamata Banerjee’s conduct, even during a natural calamity, is deplorable and reeks of political pettiness. low level. . ”
He said that Suvendu Adhikari is a LoP duly recognized by the president of the West Bengal assembly and only after this recognition has he been invited to take part in the meeting.
“Compare Mamata Banrejee’s disdain for elected representatives of people who represent a large part of the people with the political prowess of Prime Minister Modi, who succeeded in amending several laws so that the leader of the largest opposition party in Lok Sabha has voice in decision-making, “said the source. .
According to the rules, there is no LoP in Lok Sabha as no party could win 20% of the seats. However, to accommodate congressional leaders in Lok Sabha, the Modi government amended several laws, such as the CBI selection committee, so that the opposition leader has a voice.
“Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, was also contacted to participate in the meeting. He thanked the prime minister for the invitation, but since he is in Delhi, therefore, he cannot attend, ”the sources said and claimed that the central government is doing everything possible to get everyone to join a collective cause, while only Mamata Banerjee is indulging. in the politics of vendetta.

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