'Mamata Banerjee an honest performer, BJP out to malign her'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Sep 09, 2014 00:26 IST

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is an honest performer, who has engineered a payback to five lakh depositors, while Narendra Modi is just a "Tom, Dick and Harry" whose party is out to malign her, said Mamata's nephew Abhisekh Banerjee in a rally organized by Trinamool Congress to counter Amit Shah's Sunday public meeting at the same spot.

Trinamool leaders, one after another, came to the podium and pilloried BJP leaders including the prime minister and party president Amit Shah for using CBI as a tool to corner Bengal's ruling party.

The entire strain of the argument was that CBI was being used an instrument for settling political scores. "If there is any impartial investigation, the chief minister will eagerly cooperate. If such a probe holds anybody guilty, the party will not shield him," said Abhisekh Banerjee, who is the Lok Sabha MP from Diamond Harbour.

Banerjee also took a dig at BJP for its "inability" to take action against Robert Vadra. "You (read BJP leaders) had promised that if voted to power you would send the son-in-law of the Gandhi family to jail within 100 days. What happened to that promise," asked Banerjee.

"If Kunal Ghosh goes to jail, why should Ramprasad Sharma, the BJP leader of Assam, remain free," questioned Banerjee.

Trinamool Congress leaders have decided that they would hold public meetings to counter those that BJP leaders organize in Bengal all the way up to the assembly elections in 2016.

In his address on Sunday, BJP president Amit Shah took several digs at Mamata Banerjee wondering why is she not agitating on the Saradha issue, a scam that has affected millions, while she went on a hunger strike in Singur where a far less number were affected.

Shah also alleged, Mamata is silent as some of her close aides are involved in the scam.

Trinamool leaders such as state president Subrata Bakshi, secretary general Partha Chatterjee, Dumdum MP Saugata Roy, leader of the party in Lok Sabha Sudip Bandyopadhyay spoke one after another, everybody trying to tell the 3000-strong audience that Mamata is a leader of exceptional honesty and the opposition is out to defame her by using the Saradha issue.

Incidentally, Mamata Banerjee and her party is feeling intense heat on the Saradha question after Kunal Ghosh told a city court on Saturday that if CBI wants to uncover the larger conspiracy, they should make Sudipta Sen, Mamata Banerjee and himself face-to-face and interrogate them.

Ghosh also alleged in court that those who are still free, are trying their best to remove evidence and set their house in order. He also pleaded with the judge not to allow them the opportunity.

After that suggestion in the court, opposition leaders said in a voice that the chief minister should take up Ghosh's challenge and volunteer for such an exercise.

Shah's comments on Sunday merely added to the pressure.

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