Mamata accused that Modi, Centre had prior information of Pulwama attack

Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.(File Photo: IANS)

Mamata accused that Modi, Centre had prior information of Pulwama attack

Kolkata, Feb 25. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of doing politics with the blood of the slain CRPF troopers ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, and claimed that the Centre had “prior information” regarding the February 14 Pulwama terror strike.

Condoling
the bereaved families of the 40 paramilitary troopers who were killed in the
Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed terror strike on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, Banerjee
questioned why nearly 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men were not
airlifted and instead allowed to travel in a convoy without “proper
sanitisation and naka-checking” of the route.

“Modi-babu,
where were you when the incident (Pulwama attack) took place?

“You
knew from before that the incident would happen. You had prior
information,” the Trinamool Congress supremo said at the party’s extended
core committee meeting here.

“The central
government had intelligence inputs about it. Then why were the jawans not
airlifted that day? Why no naka-checking and sanitisation of the convoy route
took place?

“Why
were the troopers left to die? Is it because you wanted to politicise the
matter before the elections? The blood of our jawans should not be politicised
in this way,” she added.

Banerjee
also ridiculed Modi, claiming that he has been pretending to be a
“messenger of peace” while his party was secretly trying to create a
war-like situation in the country and start a riot.

She claimed
that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) might attempt to tamper with the EVM
machines across the country, including in West Bengal during the Lok Sabha
polls to manipulate votes in their favour.

The Chief
Minister formed a three-member committee comprising of senior party leaders to
train booth-level workers on how EVMs and VVPAT machines function.

“They
(BJP) will try to tamper the EVMs. I have heard that they have contacted a
private company to manipulate the EVMs in Bengal as well.

“We
need to train our workers on how the EVMs and VVPATs work. During counting of
votes after the polls, only depute those who are trained in these things,”
she directed.

“I am
forming a small committee in this regard. Party leaders Dinesh Trivedi, Sougata
Roy and Partha Chatterjee will be in the committee who will train the district
level leaders about the functions of EVMs and VVPATs. We will not let BJP
tamper with votes here,” she added.

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