Kolkata, Jul 15 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made critical remarks over the NHRC report findings and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech in Varanasi on Thursday.
Talking about the NHRC report on alleged post-poll violence, Mamata Banerjee alleged that while submitting (NHRC) report in Calcutta High court, “they’ve leaked it”. “They should respect the court. If it is not a political vendetta, how can they leak the report? They are maligning the people of Bengal,” she said.
Drawing an example of Uttar Pradesh, she added: “PM Modi knows very well that there is no rule of law in UP. How many commissions has he sent there? So many incidents, from Hathras to Unnao, have taken place. Even journalists are not spared. They give a bad name to Bengal. Maximum violence was pre-poll”.
These remarks come after some details regarding NHRC’s observations on post-poll violence in West Bengal were reported earlier. The NHRC report has been made on basis of around 1,000 cases out of 3,000 cases identified by the committee.
Reportedly, the instance of members being heckled, attacked, and even harassed has been found mention in the report where the local police allegedly played the role of mute spectators.
Violence and fear on women and children for family members voting for a certain political allegiance as well as the silence of the bureaucracy has been found mention in the report, it was stated.
Regarding this, CM Mamata has alleged that it is a purposeful leak in an attempt to give “a bad name to Bengal”, claiming that “maximum violence was pre-poll”.
Besides this, she also raked up the issue of COVID vaccination.
“We need 14 crore vaccine doses but we are not receiving vaccines adequately. We have received only 2.12 crore vaccines. We have bought 18 lakh vaccines ourselves. Some states are receiving more vaccines, some are not receiving at all,” Mamata Banerjee alleged.
Bringing up PM Modi’s address in Varanasi, she added: “In UP today, PM Modi said that most of the vaccines are being given to that state. If you don’t give money and vaccines to Bengal, that is injustice. He is slandering Bengal by misusing central agencies and running a political vendetta. He is unable to accept his loss”.
Meanwhile, she has suggested that she is open to meeting the Prime Minister during her visit to Delhi, despite the constant tussle between the state and union government.
Talking about the same, she said: “Now that the COVID situation has improved, I will go to Delhi during the Parliament session and meet some leaders there. I will meet the President and the Prime Minister if given an appointment”.