WB: Centre issues advisory on ‘certain areas’; Didi calls ”communal virus’

Home Ministry issued an advisory in the name of the Chief Secretary and DGP, saying that lockdown was not being completely followed in West Bengal. Mamata Banerjee has said that the Centre is doing “additional monitoring in certain areas”. Some social activists say that other crowded areas, which are not Muslim populated, not being taken into consideration.

Kolkata: The tug war between the central government and the Trinamool Congress-led West Bengal government has intensified once again amid the global epidemic of the Coronavirus. In fact, the Union Home Ministry issued advisory referring to specific areas, saying that lockdown was not being fully followed in these areas. Responding to this, Mamata Banerjee said that the country cannot fight with the “communal virus”.

It is to be noted that yesterday the Home Ministry issued an advisory in the name of the Chief Secretary and DGP, saying that lockdown was not being completely followed in West Bengal. The police have allowed holding religious congregation. The Home Ministry has said in its letter that the distance at the vegetable, fish and meat shops is not being taken into consideration. Referring to areas such as Rajabazar, Topsia, Narkol Danga, Matia Burj, Iqbalpur and Matak Tala, the lockdown is not being followed properly in those areas.

Most of these areas are “Muslim populated”. West Bengal Unit of the BJP has been claiming since the first week of the lockdown that it is not completely in force in Muslim populated areas of Kolkata.

The Home Ministry has said that action should be taken under the Disaster Management Act 2005 for violating the instructions of the central government.

Commenting on the central government’s advisory, Mamata Banerjee has said that the central government is spending its effort to carry out “additional monitoring in certain areas”. She said, “We are not fighting with a communal virus for now, but we are fighting with a virus based on humanity at the moment.” She said that most shops were closed.

Ms. Mamata Banerjee has said that on one hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is fighting with the coronavirus pandemic with the help of the states while on the other hand, some union ministers are spreading rumours by spreading fake news and doing cheap politics.

In support of the central government advisory, the West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh, on the other hand, said that the lockdown is not being followed in the Muslim majority areas.

Condemning such a debate on the coronavirus, a social worker associated with the Human Rights Organization has said the issuance of the central government’s advisory, based on the allegations of the West Bengal BJP, suggests the center is not yet serious on the issue. He said that it was not the right time for politics, but unfortunately, politicians are not missing this opportunity.

Asit Banerjee, a social activist based in New Calcutta, has said, “As far as the lockdown is concerned, some areas like Gudiya Hat are still full of crowd though the area is not Muslim populated.” He said that areas, where Lockdown is not being implemented properly, have some social and cultural reasons which cannot be ignored.

[Hams Live]

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