arvin wrote:Mamtha's policy will make it difficult for bengali workers in other states to come back. This will only increase the back lash against her. Center should not intervene politically since elections are next year.
Also Bengal will be among the last to come out of this mess. There would be reluctance to hire bengal labour due to non transparent covid 19 procedures. This will come to bite her.
It would be absolutely anti-national and treasonous behavior for either Mamata or the Center to even think about politics and elections at this point. They (especially the center) must do whatever it takes to contain COVID, even if it means losing the election. If one state does not play ball, the whole country is screwed, and the pain of lockdown was for nothing.
Given the track record of the center regarding Shaheen Bagh etc where their strategy was inertia backed by 'Chankakian' explanations, I am not so confident though that anything will be done to contain the mess. Messaging at this point is critical, and there is precious little of that in terms of narrative exposing Mamata, the little that has trickled out has been from state BJP people and channels like Republic whom frankly nobody even in the RW takes seriously due to the low signal to noise ratio. They should have engaged every state and national media outlet to drum home the message that if WB does not cooperate every state's effect is nullified.