The chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee sparked a row after making a decision to construct dining rooms in West Bengal government schools with a majority of minority students.
The Trinamool government in the state issued a directive to the state-school authorities to construct a dining hall for mid-day meals in schools that comprise of 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 stated.
Following the move, BJP's Dilip Ghosh called out the initiative passed by the Trinamool supremo, questioning the 'discrimination' between students on the 'basis of religion'
Calling it 'another conspiracy', Ghosh asked if there is some other 'malafide motive' behind the segregation.
The skirmish between the Trinamool and BJP has been persistent post the Lok Sabha 2019 elections. A day ago, Banerjee reached out to Congress and CPI(M) seeking their support in her fight against the BJP in the state. However, in a turn of events, the two parties rejected her appeal stating that her policies are responsible for BJP's growth in the state.
Assembly elections in West Bengal are due in 2021. The BJP had recently won 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state and bagged 40.5 per cent vote share - a record jump of 23 per cent from the last general elections when it had won only two seats.
Although the TMC managed to increase its vote share by four per cent, its seat share came down to 22 from 34 in last general elections. The CPI(M)-led Left Front drew a blank, whereas the Congress tally was down to two from four it had in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
(With PTI inputs)