PM Modi’s yesterday’s meeting with Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana, and Jharkhand raised fierce and varied reactions as the Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren was not very happy with the PM’s Mann ki Baat. The Chief Minister was unhappy as he was not allowed to speak about his concerns and it was only the Prime Minister who talked, the Press Trust of India quoted official sources as saying.
Expressing his dejection, the Jharkhand CM tweeted, “Today, the respected Prime Minister called. He only spoke his “Mann Ki Baat“. It would have been better if he would have talked business and listened to the issues.” The post provoked furious responses from BJP leaders and supporters.
“Your tweet is not just against minimum decorum but is also a mockery of the pain of the people of your state, for whom the Prime Minister called you. You have pulled a despicable stunt. You have lowered the dignity of the Chief Minister’s post,” wrote Assam BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma.
“Hemant Soren is a failed Chief Minister. Failure in governance. Failure in tackling COVID in the state. Failure to assist people. To hide his failures he demeans the office he holds. Wake up and work, Mr. Soren. The clock is ticking,” tweeted Jharkhand BJP leader Babulal Marandi.
The Congress also seized on Mr. Soren’s comments to target PM Modi. “It is very serious and worrying that even at this time, the Prime Minister only wants to talk, not listen,” wrote Congress leader Pawan Khera. According to the government data, Jharkhand is among the 10 states and Union territories that account for over 75 percent of the daily COVID-19 deaths in the country. The others are Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, and Rajasthan.
Jharkhand reported 141 Covid deaths on Thursday and 5,770 cases. The mortality rate in the state remains higher at 1.28 percent against the national mortality rate of 1.10 percent.
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