West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee summoned poll strategist Prashant Kishor to help her counter BJP’s criticism of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government’s alleged mismanagement of the COVID-19 crisis in the state.
Prashant Kishor, who had been cooling off his heels in Delhi after his public outreach campaign in West Bengal, ‘Banglar Garbo Mamata’, went on a freezer following the lockdown, reached the state in a cargo flight. He reached Kolkata around the same time as the Inter-Ministerial Central teams (IMCT) sent by the Modi government arrived in Kolkata to inspect how the lockdown is being implemented in the state.
Prashant Kishor rushed from Delhi after an SOS message from TMC MP and Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee.
According to party sources, Abhishek was burning the midnight oil in his office, a stone’s throw away from Mamata Banerjee’s residence, to welcome Prashant Kishor and make some planning in advance for briefing the chief minister in the morning.
Prashant Kishor will supervise the counter-offensive campaign to take on the saffron onslaught on social media and in media channels, which have been raving against Mamata Banerjee for allegedly failing to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
For more than a fortnight the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been accusing Mamata Banerjee of faltering in tackling Covid-19.
While the BJP IT cell went puncturing holes in the seemingly all-well and under-control picture Mamata projected, BJP big shots were vocal against the West Bengal government for not carrying out sufficient tests (which is 66 per million in Bengal as against the national average of 198 per million) and suppressing facts about Covid-19 deaths and active patients.