Even as Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee fired a fresh salvo against the Centre, the BJP continued its attack on the West Bengal chief minister.
Parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu said, “By accusing the Centre for the blast in West Bengal, she is actually helping the culprits.”
“I always respect Mamata for her fighting spirit. She brought a big change in West Bengal by toppling the Left regime,” he added. The Congress, however, steered clear of the Saradha issue saying the party does not react on sub-judice matters.
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that there was a perception within the Trinamool that the party was being targeted. “If found to be true, it is liable to be deprecated and we will speak out against it,” he said.
On Monday, Banerjee challenged the Narendra Modi-led government to arrest her in connection with the Saradha scam. Addressing a TMC rally at Esplanade on Monday, Banerjee said, “Dariye aachi raastai, aai greptar kor,” (I am standing on the street, come and arrest me).
The TMC rally was organised to protest the central government’s alleged ‘conspiracy’ against the state government. The chief minister had, at a recent party worker meeting at Netaji Indoor Stadium, asked her party workers to stand up against the BJP in the state in order to curb the saffron party’s bid to gain power in the state.
“If you ask me to wash your dishes sweetly, I will do it. But do not make the mistake of threatening me. We have patience, that does not mean we are weak,” she said.
Referring to the huge crowd that attended the TMC’s rally on Monday, Mamata mocked the opposition saying the impressive turnout was the result of a one day notice. “Delhi te giye haatbo ektu?” (Should I take a little walk in Delhi?) she asked.
“After walking a little on the streets I will sit down and rest at one place. Then you will have to face the consequences and the music,” she said. The CM also emphasised that the TMC would contest all elections alone. Attacking a section of the media, she alleged that they had joined hands with the BJP to malign her image in West Bengal.
Banerjee also demanded that the BJP keep its promise of bringing back black money. “Bring back all black money or else I will open all your masks,” she said.
“The BJP will also have to come out with a proper answer on how the party could spend crores during the parliamentary election campaign in 2014,” she said.