Accusing the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal of indulging in corruption, Union Minister Smriti Irani stated right here on Sunday that whereas Prime Minister Narendra Modi provided foodgrains for 80 crore folks of the nation for eight months during the pandemic, the rations have been looted by the celebration within the state.
Irani deputised for Union Home Minister and senior BJP chief Amit Shah on the programme in Howrah district.
Shah’s two-day go to to the state was cancelled on the final minute because of the ongoing protest by farmers in Delhi and an explosion close to the Israeli Embassy on Friday. He addressed the rally by way of video-conferencing.
Maintaining that the PM had stated that every migrant employee returning house during the coronavirus lockdown be given a minimum of 100 days of employment underneath Garib Rojgar Yojana, Irani stated, although countrywide greater than 50 crore mandays have been created, “it did not happen in Bengal”.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had stated final 12 months that the scheme was not applied in West Bengal because the state didn’t present any information relating to migrant staff who returned to their native locations during the COVID-19 lockdown.
A state minister had claimed in November that Bengal had created almost 31 crore mandays within the 2010-21 fiscal underneath the MGNREGA scheme, and the feat was achieved amid the pandemic, as the federal government made positive that staff who returned during the lockdown have been included within the programme.
“The Prime Minister provided five kg rice and one kg dal for 80 crore people of the country for eight months through ‘Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana’, but in Bengal, TMC looted it during the lockdown,” she stated.
Mentioning that Shramik Special Trains organized by the Centre have been termed ‘Corona Express’ by Mamata Banerjee, Irani stated, “I want to ask her whether sons and daughters from Bengal working in different parts of the country are considered viruses by her”.
Irani stated, the Prime Minister had urged all to unite within the battle in opposition to COVID-19, however the “TMC indulged in loot during the lockdown”.
Maintaining that greater than 130 BJP staff died in Bengal, she stated that their sacrifice will likely be remembered by individuals who will silently vote for the saffron celebration with the slogan “chup chap, padma chap, padma chap (silently solid your vote by urgent the lotus button -BJP’s ballot image).
She claimed that although Banerjee is shunning Shri Ram, ‘Ram Rajya’ (implying good governance) will likely be created in Bengal.
While the PM had requested every state to distribute foodgrains on the idea of ration playing cards, in West Bengal coupons got by the Mamata Banerjee authorities for such distribution and “these went to those who are a part of the TMC”, the minister alleged.
Speaking principally in Bengali, Irani claimed that the hapless public have been lathicharged once they got here right down to the streets demanding meals.
She claimed that the chief minister solely transferred some officers over allegations of misappropriation of rations, however took no step in opposition to corrupt TMC leaders.
“I want to thank the Prime Minister that he gave rice and dal to the people which Didi did not want to,” she stated.
The Prime Minister transferred cash to the financial institution accounts of poor girls underneath the ‘Jan Dhan’ scheme, and in addition provided 80 lakh fuel cylinders, underneath the ‘Ujwala Yojana’, to the poor girls within the state, Irani stated.
Irani stated that the Mamata Banerjee authorities prevented opposition BJP leaders and staff from working for the folks on the peak of the pandemic within the state.
She claimed that relations of coronavirus sufferers admitted at authorities hospitals weren’t provided info on their well being situation and even once they died.
Accusing the TMC authorities of failing to deal with the scenario arising out cyclone Amphan within the state regardless of prior warnings, she stated that the Army needed to be referred to as in to revive normalcy.
“The Prime Minister had given Rs 1,000 crore for Amphan relief as advance, but your leaders looted the money through panchayats,” Irani stated, asserting that Banerjee should reply these questions.
She stated that the Mamata Banerjee authorities has disadvantaged the farmers of the advantages of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi for 2 years, by refusing to present the record of beneficiaries to the Centre.
Irani alleged that TMC leaders are concerned in taking “cut-money”, which has “become a practice” within the state.
The Union minister stated, in line with former state Rajib Banerjee who joined the BJP on Saturday after quitting the TMC, folks can’t assist a celebration which instigates battle amongst themselves, retains unhealthy relations with the federal government on the Centre for its “narrow political interests”.
“No patriot can stay in a political party which even insults the slogan of ‘Jai Shri Ram’,” she stated.
Several TMC leaders together with one of many founding members of the celebration, Bani Singha Ray, shifted allegiance to the BJP on the rally, which was attended by Rajib Banerjee and lots of others.