West Bengal Elections 2021 Highlights: Addressing a virtual meeting from Delhi in support of BJP candidate from Malda’s Manikchak seat, where polling is scheduled to be held on April 29, BJP national president J P Nadda on Sunday claimed that extortion and appeasement politics are flourishing under Mamata Banerjee’s rule in Bengal. “The CM has stopped sending crime records of the state to NCRB to mask the real situation,” he said.
He also slammed Banerjee for her persistent attacks on the Centre over the prevailing COVID-19 situation, and sought to know why she chose to skip a virtual meeting where Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed ways to combat the disease. “If vaccines are not available, how are you (Banerjee) sending updates on the number of doses administered every day to the Union Health ministry?” Nadda stated.
Earlier in the day, a Trinamool Congress candidate from Khardah Assembly constituency in North 24 Paraganas district succumbed to Covid infection in Kolkata. Kajal Sinha passed away today morning after being on ventilator support for three days. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her condolences and said that she was “shocked” by the news.
Amid an unprecedented uptick in Covid-19 cases across the country, the Election Commission on Saturday said the enforcement of Covid safety protocols have been “less than adequate” during the election campaign in Bengal. The EC has directed the State Disaster Management Authority to monitor covid protocols and take strict action if rules are flouted.