“Corona Express” statement might make Mamata Banerjee lose momentum in the state

Published : Jun 15, 2020 09:23 am | By: Priya Ghosh

“Corona Express” statement might make Mamata Banerjee lose momentum in the state


The pandemic has caused the entire world to be struggling, and are unitedly fighting the crisis. In Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee is playing politics and has been making derogatory statements that are hurtful to the migrant workers and people of the state. This attitude might have a negative impact on her political career.

 In a bid to gain political momentum, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been busy playing her political cards even during the time of the pandemic when the whole world is struggling to combat the virus she is making statements which might lead to her downfall. Earlier she had termed the special trains which were carrying migrants heading to Bengal as “corona express”.  However recently she denied the statement and claimed that it was the people who were calling these trains “corona express”.

The clarification was made after  Union Home Minister Amit Shah asserted that the workers returning to Bengal will never forget Didi's comment. He also mentioned that the kind of comment can be the exit route for the CM The blame game begun since the beginning of the pandemic when Banerjee had refused to cooperate with the Center and said that the central government was no helping Bengal as they should at times of crisis.

 Mamata Banerjee has also hit out on the BJP recently and said that the Center should have release more trains rather than packing 2,300 migrants in one train which does not have the capacity to carry so many people.

She added that if more trains were allowed then the migrant workers would not have to be in so much distress.

Last month the Bengal CM had alleged that  the Railway Ministry was “evacuating Maharashtra and spreading corona to Bengal”, she was referring to a large number of trains in transit between the two states.

 Meanwhile, Bengal is already facing a dual crisis with he  severe cyclonic storm” Amphan of May 20, the worst ever natural disaster which hit  Bengal and the state was already reeling under the uncontrollable spread of COVID-19. Mamata Banerjee’s government was being vehemently criticized for the way she was handling the pandemic by the people of the state and political leaders. Along with that came the aftermath of the cyclone where an additional task of rehabilitation and reconstruction was to be done by the Bengal government, However, the State government’s handling of the post-Amphan situation also came under scrutiny and this task was also not managed by the government which leads to several protests and people expressed their anger on local Trinamool leaders and elected councilors. So now Mamata Banerjee had to think wisely and act in a manner that would not agitate the people of the state further. Unfortunately she has failed to do so and has been consistent with her political strategies not realizing that she might have to pay a heavy price for it.

The TMC supremo is gearing up to fight the BJP in the 2021 elections and has been strategizing even as the pandemic has wrecks havoc in the lives of the people.  Banerjee has devised another plan to subtly attack the BJP via social media.She has instructed TMC’s social media cell to emphasize on the development work by her government and asked the media cell to counter “fake news” spread by the BJP. However, her strategies might not work this time as the people of Bengal are disillusioned by the way she has been dealing with the crisis situation. The BJP has made allegations that that political strife has begun in different parts of West Bengal and factional fights between Trinamool Congress activists have started occurring The BJP  also claimed that the state government has failed to utilize Rs 834.97 crore given to it by the Centre for constructing village roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.They6 stated that the central funds are not being used in other projects also like in the education sector and water supply projects.

 The migrant laborers who returned to West Bengal from other states have also slammed the CM and said that there was no arrangement of buses in the state to take them home and they called  Mamata Banerjee a ‘failed chief minister’.

Sometime back CM Mamata Banerjee had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking as to where the state government will keep the migrant laborers for institutional quarantine. This was when Bengal was struggling with its infrastructural management " after the May 20 cyclone asked the Prime Minister. Banerjee has also urged the center not to pursue politics at a time when the state was grappling with a dual crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Cyclone . Right after the migrant workers were transported to the state her attitude towards them and the central government quickly changed.

In a bid to impress the people of Bengal and gain their support, Banerjee recently hailed Bengal''s "indomitable spirit" in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and cyclone Amphan, amid sustained opposition flak over alleged mishandling of the crises. However, by now the people of Bengal know that this is also another strategy of hers and they will definitely not fall prey to her false adulation for acquiring votes.