Today, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee criticized the people who are doing “communal politics” over the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi’s Nizamuddin. He strictly asked them to abstain from communal politics at a time of communal crisis.
“We have been witnessing that some people are indulging in communal politics over the Nizamuddin event. This is completely unacceptable. A pandemic or a disease doesn’t attack you on the basis of your religion or caste. I urge everybody not to communalise the crisis,” Ms Banerjee told reporters in Kolkata.
In Spite of an order by the Delhi government to avoid gatherings of more than 200 people, thousands of people attended the religious event between March 13 and 15. The attendees came from inside as well as outside the country. Many of them later tested positive for COVID-19 and several of them died.
Ms Banerjee was asked by reporters why the event was not stopped when it happened last month. Ms Banerjee said her government took initiative to send 200 Tablighi Jamaat members to quarantine, including 108 foreigners.
“Why the gathering was not stopped when it was happening? Now a lot of things are being said. This is not right. We should not forget that a riot happened in Delhi just days before the lockdown was announced. This is not the time for communal politics,” she said.
She was also asked if the 21-day lockdown may be extended, she said she is unaware of any such proposals so far. “I am not aware of it as of now. Whenever I speak with the prime minister, I will give my opinion. I won’t speak on this issue before that,” she said.