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Lockdown In West Bengal Extended Till July 31st

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gave a call to all-party meeting held in Nabanna, Kolkata to discuss measures and exchange views to deal with a pandemic.

On 24th June, West Bengal Government has decided to extend the lockdown till 31 July 2020 to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. This decision has come after West Bengal reported 14,728 confirmed COVID-19 cases so far. All schools, colleges, trains; metro, and worship places will remain closed. However, it’s not confirmed yet that after July 31 all services will resume or reopen. “As far as government offices are concerned, currently the operations will continue in a staggered manner,” said Banerjee.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gave a call to all-party meeting that was held in Nabanna, Kolkata to discuss measures and exchange views to deal with the pandemic. BJP’s West Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh, Manoj Howladar from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Communist Party of India leader Swapan Banerjee, Pradip Bhattacharya from Congress, among others, were present at the meeting. Meanwhile, the opposition does not seem happy with the decision of extension of lockdown but no statement has come after the all-party meeting.

Earlier, the state already witnessed lockdown for two months following which the West Bengal Government was decided to reopen the services in the state from 8th June. Hence, in the middle of the pandemic, Mamata Banjeree has been criticized by the nation-state ministers for many reasons. The opposition also claims that West Bengal Chief Minister was unsuccessful to deal with pandemic and storm Amphan. West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar also slams Mamata Banerjee on social media platform over the misreporting cases of COVID-19, the testing number remained low and shows the careless attitude towards IMCT (Inter-Ministerial Central Team) members. Dhankhar also raised many questions for not taking action against those breaking the norms of lockdown. ‘Didi’ also was caught in a battle with the central government over the issue of West Bengal’s ‘poor implementation’ of the lockdown in many sensitive areas.

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