Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday introduced a Rs 1,000 crore help to West Bengal after a first-hand evaluation of the destruction attributable to cyclone Amphan this week. PM Modi, who assured those that the Centre would stand by the Trinamool Congress-ruled state, additionally showered uncommon reward on chief minister Mamata Banerjee who has been his fierce critic.
In a video assertion made as he wrapped up the Bengal leg of his go to – he flew all the way down to neighbouring Odisha – PM Modi famous that West Bengal was confronted with a troublesome state of affairs due to the cyclone at a time the state and the nation is battling with the coronavirus illness.
To cope with Covid-19, social distancing is required and persons are advised to remain the place they’re. However the cyclone required folks within the affected areas to vacate their homes and transfer to safer locations, he stated.
However Bengal underneath Mamata Banerjee’s management has made commendable efforts.
“Regardless of these contradictions, West Bengal is preventing effectively,” PM Modi’s workplace later tweeted, reiterating PM Modi’s dedication to face with the folks of Bengal in these “testing occasions”.
PM Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Occasion and Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress have been bitter rivals in Bengal for years, notably after the BJP set its eyes on getting a foothold within the state’s politics.
In final yr’s normal elections, the BJP’s aggressive marketing campaign delivered 18 of Bengal’s 42 Lok Sabha seats. A lot of this improve got here at the price of the Trinamool Congress which needed to accept 22 seats, down from the 32 it had gained in 2014.
House Minister Amit Shah, who had led the BJP marketing campaign in Bengal and is credited for increasing the occasion’s tally from 2 to 18 Lok Sabha seats in 5 years, has made it clear that the BJP was aiming to come back to energy in Bengal in subsequent yr’s meeting elections.
Not surprisingly, Mamata Banerjee has been the BJP’s favorite punching bag in Bengal and is seen to be deeply suspicious of its strikes.
Like when the Centre despatched an inter-ministerial group to Bengal, amongst different states, Mamata Banerjee was the one chief minister to query the Centre’s motives. The central group was advised to remain put at their visitor home by state officers and never transfer out and not using a police escort.
The central group was nonetheless capable of finding flaws within the state’s dealing with of Covid-19, gaps that offered the state BJP management ammunition to focus on Mamata Banerjee and her authorities.
Again house in Kolkata, she additionally has a working feud with Governor Jagdeep Dhankar who typically accuses her authorities of conserving him at midnight. Dhankar had fired his final assault on the state authorities over the Kolkata municipal company lower than 24 hours earlier.
To make sure, Governor Dhankar has not attacked Mamata Banerjee for her dealing with of cyclone Amphan both. Hours earlier than PM Modi landed in Kolkata – the governor additionally accompanied him on the aerial survey and attended the evaluate conferences he chaired – Jagdeep Dhankar introduced on Twitter that he had contributed Rs 50 lakh to the chief minister’s fund for Amphan aid work and requested folks to chip in too.
Friday’s interplay between PM Modi and chief minister Mamata Banerjee was a distinction to the prime minister’s final go to to the state in January this yr amid the protests over the amended citizenship regulation.
Banerjee had then deputed a minister to obtain him on the airport and skipped a Kolkata Port Belief occasion. However she did later name on PM Modi at Raj Bhavan, describing it as a courtesy to the visiting dignitary.
A press release by the Prime Minister’s Workplace on PM Modi’s flying go to on Friday underlined that this was his second go to to the state this yr. West Bengal, the PMO assertion stated, is the one state other than Uttar Pradesh, the place PM Modi has had a number of visits this yr.
Prime Minister Modi hasn’t stepped out of Delhi for months because of the coronavirus outbreak and the emphasis on folks staying at house. A PMO official stated PM Modi’s final outstation go to was to Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj and Chitrakoot on February 28.