Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee once again vented her ire against Congress government at the Centre, labelling it a “decomposing body” which cannot be revived in anyway. She said that there wouldn’t even be any pallbearers to take it for cremation.
She, for the first time, openly supported Anna Hazare and his crusade against the UPA-II and echoed that the Central government had no moral authority to remain in power.
The chief minister didn’t mince words in her first reaction to the recent cabinet reshuffle. “The body has decomposed. There is no chance of injecting life into it. Now it is their business whether they will bury the body or put it on a funeral pyre. But they need a hearse as there is no one to accompany the body,” said Banerjee at a press conference at Writers’ Buildings on Tuesday.
“These (newly inducted) ministers have no relevance or importance. Why was Shashi Tharoor removed and now why is he being brought back?” she asked.
An hour later, state Congress president Pradip Bhattacharya reacted saying, “She must concentrate on the state and try to revive a dead Bengal. The state now is in intensive care unit and is getting from bad to worse. She is speaking out of sheer frustration. Our ministers will show they importance when the time comes.”
In the same breath Mamata extended her support to the movement of Anna Hazare and his stand against UPA II.
“I agree with Anna Hazare. They are not a political party, but still I support them. They have said that the Congress government must hold elections immediately since they are steeped in corruption. We are also saying the same thing,” said Banerjee.
Asked about the induction of three ministers from the state, she said, “It is their goat. They will decide how to cut it, whether from the head or the back. They (new Bengal ministers) are just wearing brand new clothes and giving interviews.”
She pointed out that Mayawati and Mulayam Singh Yadav were offered cabinet portfolios, which they rejected. “This government is aminority government. Mulayam, Mayawati, DMK - nobody agreed to join. We will be happy if they call it Congress government not UPA II. It is a one-party rule,” she added.