The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has sought an apology from Union Home Minister Amit Shah for his letter accusing the state government of turning a blind eye to the plight of migrant labourers from Bengal.
“A HM failing to discharge his duties during this crisis speaks after weeks of silence, only to mislead people with bundle of lies!” said Abhishek Banerjee, a TMC MP and the nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
“Ironically, he’s talking about the very people who’ve been literally left to fate by his own government,” he tweeted.
“Mr Amit Shah, prove your fake allegations or apologise,” he wrote.
‘CM IS MISSING’
Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh reacted sharply to his remarks, asking, “Where is Abhishek Banerjee for the past few weeks? In this crisis, people have no food, medicine. Migrants are stuck outside. He cannot shirk his responsibility by simply tweeting.”
“He must come out in front of the people and help them. It is their duty since they are in power here. They must make their stand clear about the migrant crisis instead of only blaming the Centre,” Ghosh said.
“Even the CM is missing! It is indeed a matter of worry for us. She is nowhere to be seen. Where is she? Is she in quarantine? Is she fine? People want to know where she is. I think there must be a health bulletin regarding this as well,” he said.
Various central department secretaries have been writing letters to the Bengal government but have received no response, the BJP leader said.
“Migrant workers from Bengal are struggling and they want to return to their homes. The Centre has begun train services to facilitate their return on the request of states. All the states are benefitting from it except Bengal. Only two trains came and those two brought back people from a particular community. Rather, they are blaming the Centre in return. The Bengal government should make its stand clear,” he said.
Only two special trains have reached Bengal; they carried migrant labourers from Kerala and Rajasthan.
On Wednesday, one train carrying 1,186 migrant labourers reached Dankuni in Hooghly district from Ajmer Sharif in Rajasthan. Another train from Kerala brought back 1,123 migrants to Berhampore in Murshidabad.
ADHIR JOINS ATTACK
Echoing the Home Minister’s remarks, the Congress MP from Berhampore, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, said the West Bengal government was dragging its feet.
“Migrant labourers from Bengal are stuck outside. I spoke to the Home Minister recently to make some special arrangements. But the HM told me that despite repeated pleas by the Centre seeking details about number of trains required to facilitate their return, the state has not responded,” Chowdhury said.
Chowdhury, the Congress’s leader in the Lok Sabha, said the Mamata Banerjee government had finally sought 8 trains under pressure, but this wasn’t enough.
“In light of the Aurangabad incident, I once again appeal to both the Home Minister and the state government to work together to rescue migrant workers [hailing from] Bengal,” he said.
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