New Delhi: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday courted a fresh controversy by allegedly raising question on the timing of Pulwama terror attack that claimed lives of 40 CRPF personnel. In a veiled attack on Narendra Modi-led government, Mamata reportedly asked,”Why the deadly attack happened right before the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019. It is an attempt to create communal tensions across the country.” Also Read - West Bengal MBBS Seats Increased to 4,000: CM Mamata Banerjee
Furthermore, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo asked, “Why Centre took no action against Pakistan for 5 years.” Also Read - 'Citizenship Amendment Act Will be Implemented Soon': BJP President JP Nadda in West Bengal
Earlier she had lambasted the intelligence department saying,” “People are asking what was NSA and intelligence doing? This is an intelligence failure. Why were so many vans going together when there is a security threat?” Also Read - 'Dehumanising Torture, Impeaching Credibility of Rule of Law': West Bengal Governor Writes to Mamata Banerjee
Notably, Mamata’s controversial remarks comes a day after she led a candlelight march to protest the Pulwama attack and had said that country stands by its brave jawans.
“The country stands united. We are one and we unitedly stand by our brave jawans. Terrorists are terrorists. They have no religion, no caste,” Banerjee had said after the march in which she and various other TMC leaders were seen carrying candles.
After the procession reached Mahatma Gandhi’s statue, Banerjee paid homage to the bravehearts. A minute’s silence was also observed.
Around 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed after a suicide bomber attacked a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district with a vehicle laden with explosives.
The convoy comprised 78 buses in which around 2,500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar. The slain jawans personnel were travelling in a bus which came under the terror attack.
JeM, a Pakistan-based terrorist group, has claimed the responsibility for the attack which left the bus extensively damaged.