Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Centre responsibl­e for surge in Covid cases, says Mamata



KOLKATA: Holding the BJPled Central government solely responsibl­e for the spike in Covid cases across the country, Trinamool Congress chairperso­n Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday announced that freeof-cost vaccinatio­n drive would be taken up in urban areas starting from Kolkata from Wednesday onward.

Though she did not detail much about the vaccinatio­n drive, Banerjee said: “I want to ensure free-of-cost vaccinatio­n for everyone in the state. I had written to the Prime Minister three months back, before the election dates were announced, to provide us a vaccine so that we can carry out free-of-cost vaccinatio­n for all 10 crore people of Bengal. We were also ready to make payment for the same. But they did not provide us the same. However, we have arranged a stock and it would be given free-ofcost to people at health centres in urban areas. It would initiate from Kolkata.”

Raising allegation that she has heard about a vaccinatio­n drive being held at a party officer of BJP at Surat in Gujarat, Banerjee said: “It is just because of the callous attitude of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah that the Covid graph in the country has once again shot up. They did not come out of their houses to support people during Covid. They only come ahead of the polls.” She also termed the Centre as a faceless government that befooled people saying of “double engine” government and raised apprehensi­on that the price of cooking gas would be further increased the day after the election got over.

“We remain with people round the year. I hit the street risking my life at the time of Covid and visited market places, hospitals, etc. I drew circles on the road to make people aware about maintainin­g physical distance. We remain with people during Covid and Amphan like situations and also in festivals of all regions,” Banerjee said while holding a public meeting at Bidhannaga­r.

Praising her party's candidate from Bidhannaga­r and outgoing state Fire minister Sujit Bose, Banerjee said: “There was an incident of fire in the city on Monday. I called Sujit and he reached the spot within a minute.”

Giving a call not to cast a vote in favour of “Mir Jafars” and “gaddars”, she urged people to exercise the power in favour of TMC to sustain peace in the state. She cited the example of violence at Barrackpor­e after BJP's Arjun Singh had won as the local MP while saying the same. Her call not to cast votes in favour of any defector came relevant as turncoat Sabyasachi Dutta is contesting as BJP candidate from Bidhannaga­r Assembly segment.

Addressing a rally at Barasat she said: “Why the Prime Minister holds election campaigns on the days of polls? It would not have mattered if he was a simple leader. But we have to keep in mind that he is the Prime Minister and he is a great liar. He is misleading and cheating people considerin­g himself as a super god. I would urge the ECI to stop the Prime Minister's campaigns on the days of polls. I will also not hold the rallies on these days,” Banerjee said, adding that both (Modi and Shah) mislead the people during their rallies at Jalpaiguri, Krishanaga­r and Burdwan.

 ?? PIC/AMIT DATTA ?? Mamata Banerjee address a rally after the 24 hour ban was over, in Barasat, on Tuesday
PIC/AMIT DATTA Mamata Banerjee address a rally after the 24 hour ban was over, in Barasat, on Tuesday

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