West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday that she did not consider the BJP a political threat in her state, saying the party was using the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against her because it posed no challenge to the Trinamool Congress.Speaking to HT at her Delhi residence, the Trinamool chief said the BJP had no presence in the state. "There is no BJP is West Bengal. It is only media-hype," she said.
Banerjee said the BJP was using the CBI to put pressure on her.
“They are no match for us politically,” she said. “That is why they are trying to heckle us by using the CBI. I have enough evidence against many BJP leaders that I will disclose at an appropriate time.”
The CBI arrested transport minister Madan Mitra this week in connection with the multi-crore Saradha scam, dealing a blow to Banerjee amid a clamour that the agency should question her too as Saradha owner Sudipto Sen bought a few of her paintings.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during a banquet hosted in the honor of Bangladesh President M Abdul Hamid at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Friday. PTI
“How am I responsible if someone buys my paintings? I do not need to sell my paintings to run my household. I have donated all money to relief funds,” she said.
Banerjee also ruled out any electoral alliance, saying she had the people’s support.
“I am a product of people’s movement, I had created many such movements and am capable of doing so in future,” she said.
The BJP surge would end up helping the Trinamool in the municipal elections, she added.
“I see a four-cornered contest between the Congress, BJP, Left and Trinamool. Only we will benefit from this contest as the BJP will eat into the Left and Congress votes,” she said.