After Chhattisgarh, the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal removed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photo on COVID-19 vaccination certificates and started issuing its own certificate with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s photograph on them.
The vaccination certificates with the photograph of Mamata will be handed over to the people who get the jab under the third phase of inoculation carried out by state-run facilities and will be issued only to the age group of 18-44 years.
This comes after the Congress-ruled Chhattisgarh government decided to remove the PM’s photo from the certificates replacing it with the image of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.
When TMC wrote to EC over PM Modi’s photo on the vaccination certificate:
During assembly polls, the TMC had also written a letter to the Election Commission and alleged that the use of PM Modi’s photograph on vaccination certificates had violated the model code of conduct.
The BJP and the TMC have been at loggerheads over several issues after the latter formed government in West Bengal with a thumping majority.
From post-poll violence in the state, Cyclone Yaas, to tussle over former West Bengal chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay, the TMC has accused the Union government of political vendetta.
The Congress backed the Mamata government after Bandyopadhyay was recalled by the Centre terming the decision as an assault on the Constitution and federalism.
TMC’s first organisational meet today, countering BJP’s ‘vendetta politics’ on agenda:
“Independent India hasn’t seen a PM and HM with bigger egos and smaller minds. This move in the middle of a pandemic and the aftermath of a devastating cyclone shows how they are still licking their Bengal wounds post-elections. Pathetic,” said Congress leader Jairam Ramesh in a tweet.
Meanwhile, the TMC is going to hold the first organisational meeting after its landslide victory in the recently concluded assembly elections and is likely to chalk out strategies to counter “vendetta politics by BJPs central leadership”.
A senior TMC leader told PTI that the party will focus on strategising on countering the vindictive attitude of the BJP-led centre which he claimed was out to needle the democratically elected Mamata Banerjee government.
All senior TMC leaders including Chief Minister, Subrata Bakshi, Saugata Roy, Shobhandeb Chattopadhyay, Mahua Moitra, Abhishek Banerjee and campaign advisor Prashant Kishor will be present at the meeting.