Kolkata: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) held protests at various places in West Bengal on Tuesday against a virtual rally held by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who addressed the people of the state from Delhi.
Protest rallies were also taken out in the city against Shah's rally for allegedly indulging in politics when the people of the state are suffering.
CPI(M) politburo member Mohammad Salim said while the people of the state are distressed by the coronavirus outbreak, the economic crisis and the impact of Cyclone Amphan, Shah is asking for their votes.
"Shah is making promises galore of creating a 'Shonar Bangla' (golden Bengal), but in reality, he is trying to make the Bengali-speaking people of the country third-class citizens in the name of CAA and NRC," the former MP said.
The BJP-led Centre has not taken any step against the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal over alleged irregularities in the implementation of various central projects in the state, including the PM Awas Yojana and Sadak Yojana, he added.
Salim claimed that though the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership is making a lot of noise against the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government in the state, the Centre has not acted against it on any of the issues.
He accused the BJP and TMC leadership of being hand-in-glove with each other.
The Left leader alleged that the BJP has sent democracy into quarantine, while Mamata Banerjee has sent it to the ICU.
"Amid the present coronavirus crisis in the country, there is an urgent need for increasing the number of days under the MGNREGA 100-day job guarantee scheme to 200 days, but nothing is being done for the benefit of the rural and urban poor," he said.
Salim claimed that instead of looking after the suffering migrant workers, the Narendra Modi government is more interested in protecting the interests of the business owners.
He questioned the logic behind the Centre's decision to go for a nationwide lockdown when there were a few hundred coronavirus cases and easing it when the number has crossed two lakhs.
Alleging that adequate number of COVID-19 tests was not being done in the country, the CPI(M) leader claimed that the Centre had not ramped up the healthcare infrastructure during the two-and-a-half-month-long lockdown.
Salim alleged that both the BJP government at the Centre and the TMC government in West Bengal have failed to effectively tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Both the governments are hiding true figures related to the affected persons," he claimed.