Dengue Row, BJP Stages Protest Outside Health Department Office


Kolkata: The Bhartiya Janata Party on Monday organised a rally outside the Health Department in Kolkata, in order to protest against the Mamata Banerjee government for the mishandling of the increasing incidents of deaths due to dengue in the state.

However, the rally, led by BJP leader Chandra Bose, was stalled for a while as Kolkata police erected barricades to stop the protesters from marching ahead, resulting in a face-off between the police and protesters.

Over the past one year, nearly 31 people have died and 14,500 people have been affected due to dengue, the West Bengal government said on Wednesday.

The spread of dengue in the state has been a cause for concern, with the opposition parties accusing the state government of efforts to camouflage the outbreak as unknown fever.

Earlier this month, state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a high-level meeting with the officials concerned from various departments, including Health, Municipal Affairs, Panchayat and others in the state secretariat Nabanna, to take stock of the situation.

Banerjee accused the central government offices of neither allowing the municipal corporation to clean up their premises nor cleaning them up themselves.