Mamata Banerjee taunts PM Modi’s praise for UP law & order
Mamata Banerjee on Thursday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for upholding the Uttar Pradesh government’s handling of the second wave of Covid-19 and praising the law and order in the northern state.
Modi lavished praise on the Yogi Adityanath government on Covid and law and order during a programme at the Prime Minister’s Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi on Thursday.
The Bengal chief minister said UP as a state was “out of rule of law” and referred to the heinous incidents of rapes at Unnao and Hathras.
“Prime Minister knows very well what is going on in UP. There is no rule of law…UP, it is out of the rule of law and…regarding Covid, what is the record? How many persons died? Can they show us any records? Or the government of India...UP is their baby that is why it is safe? How are the dead bodies coming through Ganga? They have just sent the dead bodies through Ganga…Our Holy Ganges, they carried all the dead bodies and it is coming through UP to Bihar to Bengal…,” Mamata said at Nabanna.
She claimed that the Bengal government had recovered eight corpses from the Ganga, which had come floating down from Uttar Pradesh. “…In Bengal, we also recovered eight bodies. There are so many we do not know their fate…”
Mamata accused the UP government of disrespecting the corpses and said instead of cremating the bodies, they were dumped in the river. “And, now they are praising,” Mamata said.
The Trinamul Congress supremo announced that she would be visiting Delhi sometime soon. Although she didn’t give a date for her visit, party sources said Mamata would be in Delhi between July 24 and 30 when the monsoon session of Parliament would be in full swing.
If she gets time, Mamata will also meet President Ramnath Kovind and the prime minister. “We shall see whose appointments we get…,” she added.
Mamata is supposed to meet A-listed national leaders such as Congress’s Sonia Gandhi and AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal. These meetings will happen in close coordination with NCP chief Sharad Pawar and poll consultant Prashant Kishor shall also be a part of these sessions.