Shameful! Mamata orders “dining halls” for minorities in govt schools, BJP says religious politics

Trinamool supremo and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee sparked yet another controversy after making a decision to build dining rooms in West Bengal government schools with a major part of the minority students.

The Trinamool government has now issued a directive to the state-school authorities to build a dining hall for mid-day meals in schools that contains a minority population of over 70%.

“You are requested to send the names of the government / government-aided schools having minority students more than 70% as per format is given below within June 28 positively.

This is for sending a proposal to the aforesaid department for construction of dining hall for mid-day meal in schools,” the circular added.

In the aftermath of the move, BJP’s Dilip Ghosh had called out the initiative which passed by the state CM, questioning the ‘discrimination’ between students on the ‘basis of religion’

Branding it as ‘another conspiracy’, Ghosh questioned if there is some other ‘dishonest motive’ behind the segregation.

The fight between the Trinamool and BJP has been continuing after Lok Sabha 2019 elections. Just a day ago, Mamata Banerjee reached out to Congress and CPI(M) seeking their full support in her battle against the BJP in the state.

In a shocking turn of events, the two parties ignored her appeal citing that her policies are responsible for BJP’s growth in the state.

It has been said that the general assembly elections in West Bengal are due in 2021. The BJP recently won 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state and earned 40.5 per cent vote share, which is a record jump of 23 per cent from the last general elections when it had won just two seats.

Despite the fact that TMC managed to amplify its vote share by 4%, its seat share drastically came down to 22 from 34 in last general elections.

(With PTI inputs)