Narendra Modi should resign owning responsibility for COVID-19 surge: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Sunday demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s resignation for “mishandling” of the coronavirus second wave and alleged that the PM failed in planning to contain the rise in the number of infections.

Asserting that PM Modi did little to address the possible crisis in the supply of medical oxygen and vaccines in the five-six months when the virus had lost its sting before its resurgence this year, Banerjee accused Modi of exporting vaccines to other countries to boost his image in the international arena while there was a scarcity in his own nation.

“For the rise in COVID-19 cases, PM Modi has to resign. He is the man responsible for the present situation. He did not make any administrative planning for 2021. And look at the situation in Gujarat,” news agency PTI quoted Mamata as saying.

She went on to say: “The BJP cannot tackle the COVID-19 spike even in Gujarat, and has brought the entire country, including West Bengal, to such a pass.”

India reported 2,61,500 new COVID-19 cases, 1,501 fatalities on Saturday.