The Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) on Saturday launched a social media marketing campaign taking a swipe at West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee for staying away from the media for greater than every week.
The marketing campaign is being known as Bhoy Peyechhe Mamata, which implies Mamata is scared in Bengali.
Prime state and nationwide leaders of the BJP started tweeting and posting on Fb, utilizing the hashtag #BhoyPeyechheMamata to cost that Banerjee was avoiding the media due to her failures, which they mentioned have been uncovered by the Narendra Modi-led Union authorities.
The marketing campaign and the social media posts got here on the day that Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress took jibes at Prime Minister Modi for by no means taking a query at any press convention since taking cost in 2014.
West Bengal’s ruling occasion additionally accused the BJP of prioritising electoral pursuits in mild of the 2021 meeting elections over saving lives within the present coronavirus pandemic.
Since March, Mamata Banerjee has been on the forefront of the state’s battle towards Covid-19 and has interacted with the press virtually every single day. However since April 30, she has not met the media.
As an alternative, the state’s chief secretary and residential secretary are briefing reporters on administrative points, whereas TMC spokespersons have been actively disseminating political messages.
“PPE package discrepancies, dying toll embezzlement, ration corruption from the start until now @MamataOfficial’s administration has misled the individuals. Be affected person! Individuals will reply. #BhoyPeyecheMamata (sic),” Shiv Prakash, the BJP’s nationwide joint normal secretary (organisation), wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
The occasion’s nationwide normal secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya tweeted, “Medical doctors crying for PPE, sufferers mendacity with lifeless our bodies. Migrant labour not allowed to go away state. Bengalis not allowed to come back again dwelling. Hospitals not taking sufferers. Police attacked @MamataOfficial authorities is absolute catastrophe. #BhoyPeyecheMamata (sic)”.
“The place are you Mamata Banerjee? Covid 19 circumstances are rising, no of checks are nonetheless low and never giving permission to deliver again Bengali migrant labour’s from different states? #BhoyPeyecheMamata,” Mukul Roy, BJP’s nationwide govt member, tweeted.
“Individuals of Bengal are in search of their well being minister, who additionally occurs to be the Chief Minister, as variety of Covid circumstances preserve rising, medical doctors proceed to protest, testing stays absymally low and reported knowledge is wholly unreliable. Please assist! #BhoyPeyecheMamata#SaveBengal (sic),” Amit Malviya, BJP’s IT cell’s nationwide head, additionally tweeted.
On Saturday afternoon, Trinamool Congress had taken digs at PM Modi for avoiding press conferences.
“We maintain lengthy press conferences and take all questions. Our chief minister at all times leads from the entrance at any hour of disaster. However the Prime Minister has not taken a single query from a press convention, ever since taking cost in 2014,” Derek O’Brien, the TMC nationwide spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member, mentioned.
O’Brien alleged that whereas the Bengal authorities and the state’s ruling occasion was preoccupied with combating the coronavirus pandemic, the BJP was focussed on the Bengal Meeting elections due in 2021.
“The BJP began its 2021 electoral marketing campaign on the day the inter-ministerial central groups (IMCT) reached Bengal on April 20,” O’Brien mentioned.
Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, the occasion’s Lok Sabha MP, alleged that “all of the strikes taken by the Centre relating to the dealing with of the Covid-19 state of affairs in Bengal had been, in actuality, political strikes. The Centre couldn’t stand the truth that Mamata Banerjee was main the battle from the entrance and was doing higher than the Centre.”
IMCT had accused the state administration of negligence and mismanagement.
In the meantime, following a fortnight-long controversy and since Could 3, the West Bengal authorities has been sharing detailed info together with district and state-wise day by day variety of new Covid-19 circumstances, lively circumstances, cumulative numbers of individuals testing constructive and the variety of deaths.