New Delhi, May 10 : The Centre is sending another team, the latest being the third, to Bengal, to take stock of the Novel Coronavirus situation. According to the Union Health Ministry sources, the Central team, in all, will visit 10 states, where contamination and number of deaths are increasing. Meanwhile, the number of country-wide death toll escalated to 2109.
The Government's decision to send the third central team to Bengal came after Union Home Minister Amit Shah wrote a letter to Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, accusing the latter of 'non-cooperation' in respect of return of migrant labourers to the state. However, the Trinamool Congress termed the accusation as 'untrue'. The death toll in Bengal, in the meantime, increased to 99. Earlier, the Union Home Secretary had written a letter to the Bengal Chief Secretary, alleging 'discrepancies' with regard to the COVID data. The 'relation' between the Chief Minister and State Governor Jagdeep Dhankad became 'critical,' with both challenging the other in respect of Constitutional duty and responsibilities during the trying times. While the Governor had 'questioned' the number of deaths and the 'lesser' number of tests in the state, the Chief Minister had alleged that the former was 'intervening unnecessarily'.
A senior BJP leader, on condition of anonymity, said 'The Government is committed to implementing the lockdown in the truest sense across the country and will intervene wherever it is necessary". The Narendra Modi government on April 25 took strong exception to the accusations of non implementation of the Lockdown 'in totality' in some states and decided to send Central teams to such states. (UNI)