In yet another attempt to politicize the ongoing protests that brought Kolkata to a standstill yet again on Thursday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee openly said that the strike by junior doctors at the SSKM Hospital was a conspiracy against the Trinamool government and alleged that the BJP and the CPI(M) had joined hands to launch attacks against her. Banerjee has been on a crusade against the BJP for months and this appears set to continue even after the elections which saw the Saffron party make deep inroads into the state.
Mamata Banerjee visited the SSKM hospital where junior doctors were protesting against the physical assault that was mounted on an intern doctor by the family of a deceased patient leading which caused him to suffer a fractured skull at the NRS Medical college on June 10. She threatened the protesting doctors to resume their duty by 2 pm failing which they would be evicted from their hostels.
Mamata Banerjee can be seen talking on the mic, ordering the doctors to resume their duties by 2 pm. Just hours earlier, she had given them four hours to resume their duties. Mamata also openly said that the protest was a conspiracy hatched against her government by the BJP and the CPI(M) whom she alleged were indulging in Hindu-Muslim politics and said that she was shocked to see their "love affair". She accused the BJP of giving a communal angle to the protest and took a dig at the party, accusing them of attacking the hospital, and said that strong action will be taken against them. The students raised "we want justice" slogans as Mamata continued to address the protest.
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Junior doctors across the city extended their support for the two-day protest, leading to many outpatient departments at hospitals remaining shut. The doctors are agitating for better security and are demanding justice for the assault on Paribaha Mukhopadhyay, who is critical and has a skull fracture due to the assault.
Just a day earlier, a protest march by the BJP leaders and workers to demand justice for a BJP worker who was slain saw a strong retaliation from the police who had used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the crowds.