Kolkata: One of the most blunt Trinamool leaders, Mahua Moitra, came down heavily on rival BJP ministers as they slammed West Bengal chief minister and TMC chief, Mamata Banerjee, for making Prime Minister Narendra Modi wait and then leaving the meeting just giving him a report. The meeting was convened over cyclone Yaas, shortly after which, the Centre invoked the All India Services Rule and directed the state government to relieve chief secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay, asking him to report at the North Block office of the department of training and personnel in Delhi on May 31.
Mamata, however, said she took PM Modi’s permission before leaving the meeting which was attended by Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Debasree Chaudhuri, governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and leader of the opposition in West Bengal Suvendu Adhikari.
The PM should also wait sometimes, Trinamool MP Mahua Moitra said comparing this to the wait of people for vaccines and for ₹15 lakhs in bank accounts. “So much fuss over an alleged 30 min wait? Indians waiting 7 years for ₹15 lakhs. Waiting hours at ATM queues. Waiting months for vaccines due. Thoda aap bhi wait kar lijiye kabhi kabhi…,” she wrote.
So much fuss over an alleged 30 min wait?
Indians waiting 7 years for ₹15 lakhs
Waiting hours at ATM queues
Waiting months for vaccines due
Thoda aap bhi wait kar lijiye kabhi kabhi…
— Mahua Moitra (@MahuaMoitra) May 28, 2021
The episode on Friday drew a volley of attacks as Union home minister Amit Shah said Mamata’s conduct was an “unfortunate low”. Defence minister Rajnath Singh said Mamata’s conduct was shocking and painful. BJP chief JP Nadda said Mamata’s action was dangerous for “cooperative federalism”.
Mamata Didi’s conduct today is an unfortunate low. Cyclone Yaas has affected several common citizens and the need of the hour is to assist those affected. Sadly, Didi has put arrogance above public welfare and today’s petty behaviour reflects that.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 28, 2021
पश्चिम बंगाल का आज का घटनाक्रम स्तब्ध करने वाला है। मुख्यमंत्री व प्रधानमंत्री व्यक्ति नहीं संस्था है। दोनों जन सेवा का संकल्प और संविधान के प्रति निष्ठा की शपथ लेकर दायित्व ग्रहण करते हैं।
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) May 28, 2021
Union minister Prakash Javadekar said it was a black day in India’s rich democratic heritage. “As the Prime Minister of India is kept waiting for a meeting held to expedite assistance to the people of WB, the petulance shown by the CM of Bengal is shocking indeed. For once she could’ve put petty politics aside, the spirit of cooperative federalism is the need of the hour,” Union minister Smriti Irani said.