Kolkata: Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee skipping a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi has evoked sharp reactions from the BJP and the central government and snowballed into a bigger controversy.
According to Mamata Banerjee, she took permission from PM Modi before leaving the meeting which was also attended by Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Debasree Chaudhuri, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and leader of the opposition in West Bengal Suvendu Adhikari.
However, Trinamool Parliamentarian Mahua Moitra took a swipe at the prime minister and compared this to the wait of people for vaccines and for ₹15 lakhs in bank accounts.
“So much fuss over an alleged 30 min wait? Indians waiting 7 years for ₹15 lakhs. Waiting hours at ATM queues. Waiting months for vaccines due. Thoda aap bhi wait kar lijiye kabhi kabhi…,” she wrote on Twitter.
So much fuss over an alleged 30 min wait?
Indians waiting 7 years for ₹15 lakhs
Waiting hours at ATM queues
Waiting months for vaccines due
Thoda aap bhi wait kar lijiye kabhi kabhi…
— Mahua Moitra (@MahuaMoitra) May 28, 2021
Meanwhile, shortly after Mamata missed the meeting with the PM, the Centre invoked the All India Services Rule and ordered the state government to relieve chief secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay. The Chief Secretary was asked to report at the North Block office of the department of training and personnel in the national capital on May 31.