In a counter attack against union finance minister, Arun Jaitley, Trinamool Congress spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP, Derek O’Brien on Sunday claimed that the NSA is a known RSS sympathiser.
“The NSA is a known RSS sympathiser. Devious plans are all conceived, drafted and approved at RSS HQ,” O’Brien wrote in a statement on the Trinamool Congress official website, issued from Kolkata.
BJP meanwhile reacted sharply on Trinamool Congress’s statements. “What is happening in the state is not a law and order problem but a breach of national security and that breach has happened under the very nose of Mamata Banerjee government, therefore question on nationalism raised by Jaitley is very relevant and Trinmaool Congress cannot duck,” replied Sidharth Nath Singh, BJP national Secretary incharge for West Bengal.
Meanwhile, taking a jibe at Jaitley, for his comments that the chief minister and Trinamool Congress supreme, Mamata Banerjee did not take any action against her party leaders involved in ponzi schemes, O’Brien wrote that the party gave an opportunity to some journalists and newspapers personnel and inducted them.
“The arrested is an editor and owner of a reputed newspaper in Bengal, directing at Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Srinjoy Bose, without naming him. Journalists and newspaper personnel were inducted into the party. They made a lateral entry into the party, even though they are not ‘born and bred’ members of the Trinamool Congress,” further reads the statement.
On Sunday, Jaitley expressed disappointment over Mamata’s reaction to the interrogation and arrest of some of her party leaders in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam.
“Some individuals connected with the Trinamool Congress have been involved in making easy money from ponzi schemes, which have looted small investors. It was incumbent on any responsible leader to purge party of such leaders. It’s regrettable that Mamata Banerjee instead of doing that has chosen to identify herself with the cause of these leaders,” said Jaitley in his article 'Govt. and the opposition – A case study'.
The Trinamool Congress has already announced that it would stage protests outside the Parliament when the House meets for the Winter Session. O’Brien took a dig at the BJP and accused the party of using black money for its election expenses.
“Where did the BJP raise their billions of dollars to spend in the Lok Sabha elections? How much money was spent on Maharshtra and Haryana elections? Where is the party getting its massive funding to continue the lavish spending in Jammu and Kashmir, and Jharkhand? Why don’t they provide transparent account of expenditure?” he posed questions at the BJP.
Later, in the day, the Trinamool Congress spokesperson accused the BJP for lying in its election manifesto to bring the black money back into the country.
“All that the BJP promised in its manifesto to bring back the black money is a lie. They (BJP) have done nothing to bring back the black money. We are going to raise this issue in the next session in both the Houses – Rajya and Lok Sabha,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Trinamool Congress missed the all-party meeting on Sunday. The meeting was convened by parliamentary affairs minister ahead of the beginning of the crucial Winter Session of parliament on Monday.
O'Brien had tweeted earlier to say, “TMC not attending this all-party meeting. We are not available at BJP's beck and call. Written a letter recording our point of view.”
"Government has pro-MNC agenda. We have pro-people line. Blackmoney, poll reform, communalism, political vendetta, 100-day hoax. Will raise all", said Mr O'Brien in another of his tweet.