Centre played politics over bodies of slain CRPF men: Mamata Banerjeehttps://indianexpress.com/elections/modi-govt-more-keen-on-playing-politics-over-dead-bodies-of-jawans-mamata-5600229/

Centre played politics over bodies of slain CRPF men: Mamata Banerjee

The BJP-led Union government wants to create a "war hysteria" ahead of the Lok Sabha polls to draw political mileage, she claimed.

Modi govt more keen on playing politics over dead bodies of jawans: Mamata
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

West Bengal Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday alleged that the central government played politics over the bodies of CRPF personnel without taking any steps to prevent the Pulwama attack despite having intelligence inputs. Banerjee also accused the BJP of bringing in “loads of cash” to buy TMC leaders and voters.

Addressing an extended core committee meeting of the Trinamool Congress at Nazrul Mancha in Kolkata, she said, “We condemn the Pulwama attack and our sympathies go out to the families of the jawans. But why it took place, Modi babu? Where were you when the attack took place? You were very much aware that such an incident would occur as your government had intelligence input. Then why was the convoy sent by road and not by air? Why the lives of jawans were endangered? Just because elections are approaching, you played politics over the bodies of the jawans. People do not support this type of politics.”

Banerjee also took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi receiving a peace prize. “You can fool some people for some time but you cannot fool all the people all the time. They are playing a shadow war. After triggering a war in the country, he is now receiving a peace prize as if a messenger of peace has arrived,” she said.

The chief minister also accused the BJP of trying to buy her leaders and voters by offering them cash. “They are calling TMC leaders and asking them, ‘how much money do you want’. They are telling them, ‘come and join us’, by offering cash. There are people bringing loads of cash to the state by train,” she said.