New Delhi [India], April 21 (ANI): The Centre is on "adventurous tourism", said TMC leader Derek O'Brien on Tuesday, attacking the Government's decision to send two Inter-Ministerial Central Teams (ICMTs) to visit and monitor some districts of West Bengal without informing the state government.
"If you wanted adventurous tourism without informing the state government, calling up Chief Minister three hours after you have arrived and the Chief Secretary half an hour before, then that is not the spirit of federalism," O'Brien in a video conference.
"What were the parameters by which the states have been selected (selection of states to send a central team there)? What are the criteria for selecting these states? We want to ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah," he said.
"Anybody who wants to come to Bengal to help the people and to further improve whatever we have already done is welcome. But it has to be done through a process. If you don't follow it, you make things difficult for yourself," he added.
The MP also said, "While the States together are fighting against the coronavirus, the Central government is fighting against the State Governments."
The Centre has constituted six IMCTs, two each for West Bengal and Maharashtra and one each for Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan "to make an on-spot assessment of the situation and issue necessary directions to state authorities for its redressal and submit their report to Central Government in the larger interest of the general public". (ANI)