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PM Modi should get Disaster Management Act notice, says Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee | Kolkata News

KOLKATA: Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee — PM Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah’s pre-assembly poll “bhaipo” — on Wednesday said the only person in the country who should get a show-cause notice under Disaster Management Act was Modi for his “monumental failure” in responding to the Covid pandemic situation.
His statement comes a month after BJP’s poll loss in Bengal and a day after the Union home ministry sent a show-cause notice to the former chief secretary and current chief adviser to CM for not attending PM’s review meeting to assess damage caused by Cylcone Yaas, hours before chief minister Mamata Banerjee had announced his retirement on Monday.
Speaking to reporters in the middle of his visit to Yaashit Patharpratima in the Sunderbans, the Diamond Harbour MP lashed out at Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah and Election Commission officials, blaming them for the Covid spike in Bengal.
“Notices under Disaster Management Act should be sent to the prime minister, Union home minister and Election Commission. During April 22-24, when 4-5 lakh people were being affected daily in the country, outsiders and central ministers were conducting political meetings and roadshows in Bengal with over 50,000 attendees. When the PM should have been asking people to stay home and wear masks, he was publicly speaking. He was amused to see a large crowd gathered to attend his meeting,” Abhishek said on his way to attend a relief distribution camp at Patharpratima.
He appealed to the Centre to send notices to him and his party along with all other political parties who may have flouted Covid norms during poll campaigning. “When they are sending notices under Disaster Management Act, the Election Commission and political parties should be showcaused first who have conducted 7-8 meetings a day amid the pandemic and has led hundreds of state residents to death. Before sending notice to Alapan Bandyopadhyay, they should stand before the mirror and question themselves,” the MP said.
Trinamool spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy termed the Centre’s notice “politically motivated”.




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