Even as the Congress held fire against the estranged ally Trinamool, Union minister Jairam Ramesh opened a new front against the friend-turned-foe Trinamool boss and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday.
After Banerjee's recent critical comments where she described the UPA government as suffering from brain-death, Ramesh shot a letter on Saturday declaring release of funds for rural job projects in Bengal and added his gesture "reflects how sensitive the so-called brain-dead government in Delhi is to the needs of people of West Bengal."
Within hours of receiving the letter, a furious Banerjee resorted to her Facebook account and slammed Ramesh while questioning the attitude of the Centre towards her state.
"The statement is clearly vindictive, unethical and unconstitutional. I am really stunned to see that a Union minister can write a distasteful statement like this to a state government. This creates a bad precedence and adds stigma to healthy democratic fibre of our country" Banerjee posted on Facebook.
Although Ramesh was once the key interlocutor of the Congress for its temperamental ally Trinamool, the relations soured during the past few months. On several occasions, Banerjee refused to meet Ramesh or reply to his letters.
The CM reminded releasing funds for the central schemes is not a matter of charity but pure governmental activity she pointed out, "Good and effective governance deserves a clear delineation of governmental activity and political activity."