Training her guns on the Centre, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday dared it to impose central rule in the state and accused it of disturbing her government and party by issuing threats of engaging CBI against it.
"The Centre is economically depriving the state (WB). There are threats of engaging CBI against us. They (Congress) have become vindicative against us since we pulled out of the UPA," the Trinamool Congress chief said, kicking off the party's campaign for the upcoming Howrah parliamentary bypoll.
"Congress and CPI(M) have ganged up to work against my party and the government. Threats are not going to work on me. You (Centre) use article 365 and see," she said.
Alleging that Congress was conspiring with CPI(M) to financially cripple the state and stall its development, Banerjee said, "I have struggled for 34 years despite all sorts of threats, including threats to my life."