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With its politicking Centre is undermining states during Covid-19 pandemic

The BJP attacks Opposition for making suggestions for controlling coronavirus and for reviving economic growth but its govt's actions show it is not beyond petty politicking during a national crisis

Mamata Banerjee
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Statements by the Governor of West Bengal paint Mamata Banerjee as incompetent and anti-people for not cooperating with the central teams

Bharat Bhushan
It may be legal for the central government to override state leaderships in supervising measures to control the Covid-19 pandemic under Section 35 of the Disaster Management Act of 2005. But there was little justification for not informing the Chief Minister of West Bengal about sending two Inter-Ministerial Central Teams (IMCTs) till three hours after they had arrived.
 
Statements by the Governor of West Bengal paint Mamata Banerjee as incompetent and anti-people for not cooperating with the central teams. But his accusations cannot disguise the deeply partisanal politics being played by the central government against the background of the pandemic.
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First Published: Apr 27 2020 | 10:58 AM IST

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