Pratima Bengal ministers

New Delhi, Aug 02: Union minister Pratima Bhoumik take a jibe at the Bengal minister during Question Hour on Tuesday by saying that West Bengal ministers do not pick calls.

“Even if we call 10 times, ministers in West Bengal do not pick the calls…That is the situation,” Union minister Pratima Bhoumik said in Lok Sabha while replying to queries on the implementation of a central government scheme in the state.

While raising a supplementary query during Question Hour on Tuesday, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said it has become a habit in West Bengal of not taking calls and not listening to us, as he took a swipe at the ruling Trinamool Congress in the state.

There were loud protests in the House by Trinamool Congress members against the remarks by the minister and Chowdhury.

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BJP member from West Bengal S S Ahluwalia raised supplementary questions related to the implementation of the PM-DAKSH scheme in the state and asked whether the minister would talk to the officials concerned to sort out the issues.

Pradhan Mantri Dakshta Aur Kushalta Sampann Hitgrahi (PM-DAKSH) aims at skilling the youth of various backward classes, including Scheduled Castes.

Bhoumik, who is a Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, said, “Even if we call ministers in West Bengal 10 times, the ministers do not pick the calls.”

And those who are with the ministers also are scared to share the ministers’ mobile numbers. This is the situation, she said as members in the Treasury benches shouted at the TMC counterparts.

Chowdhury urged the minister to help develop Murshidabad and said that it has become a habit for people in West Bengal to not attend to calls and “not listen to us”.