A series of tit-for-tat news conferences is now hogging the limelight in the run-up to the assembly elections. Partha Chatterjee, Trinamool Congress secretary general, on Wednesday lashed out at state housing minister Gautam Deb in reaction to the latter’s on Tuesday.
The spate of news conferences started when Deb lambasted Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee on her statements in a television interview. This was followed by Chatterjee targeting Deb in another press conference. The statement and counterstatements included personal attacks too.
“How can somebody pray for the death of a senior politician like Mamata Banerjee? She was termed brain dead by Deb on Tuesday. The days of CPI(M) leaders are numbered and therefore they have lost mental balance,” said Chatterjee in a prolonged press conference at Trinamool Bhavan on Wednesday. “Either Deb is acting or he has lost mental balance,” said Chatterjee.
Targeting Deb, Chatterjee dubbed him “Abol Tabol Deb” taking a dig at his statements. He also said that after 34 years of steeping the state in complete darkness, leaders such as Deb have lost the right to say anything.
“Whatever Mamata Banerjee said is based on logic and facts. But Deb cares for neither facts nor figures,” said Chatterjee, who was armed with a thick pile of papers.
"Deb and the CPI(M) welcomes Mamata’s death. This is their culture. We are against attacking any individual in such way which is indecent and in bad taste . Goutam babu is trying to misguide people but will not be able to influence public sentiment,” Chatterjee added.
Chatterjee targeted the Left Front government and highlighted that it is financially bankrupt. “The CAG has pulled up the government on 18 issues. There is an over-R2 lakh crore debt on the state. Government employees, primary school teachers are not getting salaries,” said Chatterjee.
Chatterjee said that since 1977, when the Left Front government came to power, there were 25 enquiry commissions. However none of the reports were either brought to public or taken action on.
“None of the reports saw the light of day. It is out of shame that they do not speak of the law and order situation. Since 1977, what they gave the state was death and violence, be it Nandigram Singur or Netai,” said Chatterjee. He said Deb was trying to mislead the people of Bengal.