Prime Minister Narendra Modi targeted West Bengali Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday, accusing her of initiating welfare measures ransacked by the central government because there was no way to defraud funds.
"There are no middlemen, no cut money. There is no syndicate. If the money reaches the beneficiaries directly, nobody will be cut, syndicate letters do not run. Why should someone allow such plans to be implemented?" said the Prime Minister and suggested Ms. Banerjee.
In Bengal, syndicates refer to cartels that are under political patronage and are designed to force promoters and contractors to often buy low-quality construction materials from them at high prices. The cutback refers to the bribes people allegedly have to pay to local leaders of Ms. Banerjee's Trinamool Congress Party to receive money under government plans.
Without naming Ms. Banerjee, Prime Minister Modi said he hoped "that God would make good sense to the state's policy makers."
The Bengali government said it had its own better performing health insurance system and withdrew from the center's Ayushman Bharat initiative last year to complain that Prime Minister Modi's project was being used to the public before the Polls from Lok Sabha were approaching.
The West Bengal government also has a program similar to Prime Minister Kisan Samman Nidhi, which provides farmers with an income support of 6,000 rupees a year.
The Prime Minister had previously attacked the opposition for trying to block the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in his address to students at Belur Math, headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission.
"The opposition does not want to understand what you understood (about the CAA). Even after many clarifications, those with legitimate interests are misleading," he said.
West Bengal cabinet minister Partha Chatterjee condemned the statement by saying: "I protest the use of Belur Math for politics to use it as a platform for politics. It is very disrespectful. It is completely the culture and ethos of the Ramakrishna mission strange."
Prime Minister Modi and Mamata Banerjee, fierce political rivals whose final focus is on the CAA and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), had a brief meeting yesterday, when the Bengali chief minister asked the prime minister to rethink the controversial steps across the country Have triggered projects.
Although the two shared the stage at an event yesterday, Ms. Banerjee has stayed away from the program today, in which PM Modi renamed the Kolkata Port Trust after the BJP icon Shyama Prasad Mookerjee. He left Kolkata around 1 p.m. today and ended his two-day visit.