Kolkata: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) West Bengal unit has urged the Mamata Banerjee administration to withdraw the statewide lockdown restrictions, which have been enforced to comprise the unfold of the coronavirus illness (Covid-19) outbreak, on August 5, the day on which the bhoomi pujan for the Ram temple is scheduled.
“We have urged the West Bengal government to reconsider its decision of enforcing a lockdown on August 5 and withdraw it. People are already saddened by the pandemic. The state government should not increase their burden,” stated Dilip Ghosh, president, BJP’s Bengal unit.
The West Bengal authorities has declared a statewide lockdown on seven non-consecutive days in August.
The first lockdown will probably be enforced on Wednesday (August 5).
Earlier, the opposition events had attacked the state authorities for “appeasement” and “incompetence”, because the lockdown dates in August have been modified no less than thrice.
“They had earlier changed the dates four times. There is no harm if it is changed once more. It’s a historic and proud day. The state government should not create an environment in which people can’t celebrate the occasion,” Ghosh added.
Even although Banerjee had introduced that bi-weekly lockdowns can be enforced on each weekend, later the dates have been modified, as they coincide with Bakr-Eid, Independence Day, Raksha Bandhan and Ganesh Chaturthi.
“We have changed the dates for occasions such as Raksha Bandhan, Independence Day, Ganesh Chaturthi, and Bakr-Eid. People can watch the bhoomi pujan at Ayodha on television sitting at home. The BJP is playing dirty politics,” stated Sougata Roy, a Trinamool Congress (TMC) Member of Parliament (MP) from Dum Dum and a celebration spokesperson.
Preparations are in progress for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lay the inspiration stone of the Ram temple in Ayodhya on Wednesday.
The Bengal BJP has urged folks to play conch shells and to ring bells to rejoice the event on August 5. In the night, earthen lamps, or diyas, will probably be lit at houses.
The opposition Congress and the Communist Party of India (Maoist), or the CPI(M), have stated that lockdown dates shouldn’t be determined to go well with non secular events.
“Lockdown is enforced to control the pandemic. It’s very unfortunate that lockdown dates are being announced after taking into consideration religious occasions,” stated Amitabha Chakraborty, a Congress chief.
“Lockdown dates can’t be announced based on panjika (Hindu almanac). The Covid-19 has devastated the economy, as many have lost jobs and are suffering from pangs of hunger. Both the BJP and the TMC have failed to combat the viral outbreak at the Centre and the state, respectively,” stated Sujan Chakraborty, a CPI(M) legislator from Jadavpur and a pacesetter of the Left events within the Bengal meeting.