The Bihar government announced a sum of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the martyrs from that state who lost their lives in the Uri attack. Their announcement, hower, drew a lot of flak for the ‘meagre’ amount they offered. Suneeta, widow of Hav Ashok Kumar Singh, refused the compensation and asked, “Was my husband a drunkard who died in a drain?” The compensation was then revised to Rs 11 lakh.
Now, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced a sum of Rs 2 lakh each for the families of martyrs, and people on social media are enraged. Many dug out reports from September 2015 when Banerjee, or Didi as she’s popularly known, had announced Rs 10 lakh for a pilgrim from her state who lost his life in the Mecca crash accident and Rs 1 lakh each for other the 100 deceased.
“Mamata gives 2 lakhs for Uri Attack martyrs. Same Mamata gave 10 lakhs for victims who were killed in Hajj accident. Long live secularism!” wrote a user.
It’s not just West Bengal and Bihar government who have announced compensation for the martyrs. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav announced a sum of Rs 20 lakh each to the families of four martyrs from the state and Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubir Das also announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each.
But Twitterati are visibly annoyed with the money offered to the soldiers’ families who lost their life for the country.
Take a look at these.
— ANKAN DUTTA (@ANKANDUTTA16) September 22, 2016
Mamata gives 2 lakhs for Uri Attack martyrs. Same Mamata gave 10 lakhs for victims who were killed in Hajj accident. Long live secularism!😧
— गीतिका (@ggiittiikkaa) September 21, 2016
— Sumit Jangid (@sir_sumitjangid) September 22, 2016
this suggests callous and insensitive attitude of politicians when it doesn’t relates with vote-bank #martyrsnotbeggars
— Mangesh (@MangeshKaulage) September 22, 2016
mamata banerjee wasting lots of money in hajj, imamvata, rape vatta, matal vatta, horsetreding bt no money fr martyrs #MartyrsNotBeggars
— ME SUPRATIM (@me_supratim) September 22, 2016
Just 2 lakh for martyrs
They have sacrificed their lives for India
For our country to be safe & live in peace.
They are #MartyrsNotBeggars
— Swati (@SwatiT_) September 22, 2016
2 lacs for martyrs, Mamta Didi is insulting their sacrifice, martyrdom nd jingoism #MartyrsNotBeggars
— Gaurav Upadhyay (@gbupadhyay) September 22, 2016
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