At the time when the central government and various other state government’s stand resolute to support and patronize with citizens in their fight with the deadly pathogen which has consumed several lives worldwide, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, once again, exhibits ultimate apathy towards the people of her state as she recommended home quarantine for people testing positive for novel coronavirus.
Briefing the press at a virtual news conference on Monday, Mamata Banerjee said: “We have taken a decision. If a person has tested positive for COVID-19 and he/she has the provision to isolate himself/herself at his/her residence, the person can home quarantine himself/herself. Lakhs and lakhs can’t be quarantined, the government too has its limits,” the West Bengal CM.
We have taken a decision, if a person is tested positive for #COVID19 and he has provision to isolate himself at his residence, the person can home quarantine himself. Lakhs and lakhs can’t be quarantined, govt has its own limit: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee pic.twitter.com/ovls4P4p7x— ANI (@ANI) April 27, 2020
Mamata blames Centre
While she unrelentingly shrugs off her own responsibility by making such a bizarre announcement, denying proper medical facilities, which is the need of the hour, to those fighting the deadly pathogen, she audaciously called on the Centre to take responsibility for the hardship being faced by the poor.
Netizens question Mamata Banerjee’s move
Nevertheless, West Bengal Chief Minister, who has already been on the receiving end for her noncompliance and unresponsiveness in tackling the coronavirus cases in the state, once again, came under the attack of netizens who wondered whether this statement for hers is an inadvertent admission of the mess West Bengal is currently in and her government’s inadequacy in handling coronavirus cases in the state.
It is also pertinent to note that patients who test positive for Coronavirus cannot be ‘home quarantined’. They need to be isolated and receive treatments. It is alarming to note that Mamata Banerjee is indirectly admitting that there are so many positive cases in West Bengal that the state seems to have run out of hospital beds.
Is this an admission of lakhs of +ve cases in Bengal??— UdTa Maharashtra (@klasshound) April 27, 2020
is this a backhanded admission that lakhs are believed to be positive?— निर्वाण (@blankfaces_) April 27, 2020
मल्लब, कितने लाख कोरोना केस हैं कि ऐसा डिसीजन….?— Vikrant ~ विक्रांत (@vikrantkumar) April 27, 2020
Some angry netizens wondered whether this was an admission that West Bengal is in a totally uncontrollable state.
So Didi is saying West Bengal is totally in uncontrollable state? 😱😱— Prabhasini (@cinnabar_dust) April 27, 2020
A few others were so outraged that they were quick to juxtapose Mamata love for illegal Bangladeshis with her apathy towards the state’s people.
Agreed. Caliphate of Bengal has it’s limits for #COVID19 patients, but it can shelter Millions of Bangladeshis no doubt.— Tarun ཡེཨར་ཨོཕ༹་མོནཀ (@YearOfMonk) April 27, 2020
With 500 active cases, Didi is saying that Bengal can not quarantine lakhs of lakhs patients.— Fighter7864 (@Fighter7864) April 27, 2020
Just few months back she was protesting against NRC and was ready to accomodate more than 1 crore illegal Bangladeshi.
Condition:She is doing it so that bangladeshi patient can come and be treates in hospital— Sourav Sanatani (@RautraySourav) April 27, 2020
West Bengal sitting on a Coronavirus “time-bomb”
The suppression of facts and fudging of data has become a major worry for authorities and health experts in West Bengal, which has now snowballed into a huge controversy between the Trinamool Congress-led West Bengal government and health-care experts.
The health-care experts believe that the situation in Bengal is very grave as the Mamata Banerjee-led government has not been giving real data to assess the actual seriousness of the pandemic. From threats to doctors for whistleblowing against the state government against lack of facilities to allegations of state government illegally disposing of dead bodies, there have been serious allegations against the Mamata Banerjee government in Bengal.
Mamata Banerjee Defiant
On April 20, the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee questioned the formation of the Inter-Ministerial Central Teams (IMCT) constituted by the Central Government for quick redressal of coronavirus crisis in states claiming that it is ‘not consistent with the spirit of federalism’.