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Explainer: How the West Bengal doctors strike swelled into a political crisis for Mamata Banerjee


Sparking a crisis in many government-run hospitals, junior doctors across West Bengal went on strike on Tuesday to protest an attack on a colleague in Kolkata the previous day.

The agitation soon acquired political overtones. Some striking doctors used the attack to criticise the Mamata Banerjee administration, adding to the woes of the already embattled Trinamool Congress. Moreover, social media posts attempted to give the incident a communal colour, given that the alleged attackers were Muslim.

What sparked off the strike?

On Monday, 75-year old Mohammad Sayeed died in Kolkata’s state government-run Neel Ratan Sarkar Hospital. As Sayeed’s ...


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