West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee finally opened up over the “Corona Express” remark which BJP leader Amit Shah attributed to her during his virtual rally two days ago. Her statement over the special trains for migrant labourers will bring her political downfall, said the Union Home Minister.
Ms Banerjee says, “I never said Corona Express. I said the public is saying it. You can see my original statement. I said the public said.” She has long been in a debate with the centre over migrant trains.
Centre and Bengal has stated different opinions over the trains where the Modi government says it is not getting enough support from Ms Banerjee for running the migrant trains. TMC supremo and several other opposition parties have claimed that the Centre originally showed no interest in helping lakhs of stranded workers get home and started the migrant trais only after pressure from states.
Since the lockdown has started, a huge number of migrant workers became stranded in different parts of the country. These migrant workers are seen struggling to come back to their home. Today, Ms Banerjee said her reason for initially stopping the migrant trains was “misunderstood”.
“The train services have been kept closed because of one reason — so that people are not packed closely into a small space as the corona infection may spread,” she said, echoing the opposition allegation that the railways had not paid any heed to the social distancing norms while transferring the migrants, thus increasing the risk of the spread of the infection.
“If you had for run the Shramik Express trains for seven days and sent them home before announcing lockdown, then these shramiks (labourers) would not have suffered for three months,” she added.