Five days after high that took place in Kolkata, when West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee staged protest dharna protesting against CBI’s attempt to enter city police commissioner Rajeev Kumar’s residence, today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashed out at her in her state, saying that the Trinamool Congress chief is harbouring ambition to lead a government in New Delhi “leaving Bengal to middlemen and syndicate”.
Addressing a public rally at Jalpaiguri in North Bengal, Modi alleged that the middlemen rule supreme under the TMC government of Bengal. “Didi is worried about moving to Delhi and she has left Bengal, the poor and middle class to be looted by the alliance of middlemen and syndicate,” he added at his third rally in week in the state.
He said, “Today, the situation in West Bengal is such that Didi is the chief minister but someone else is doing ‘dadagiri’. The TMC is in power but administration is run by ‘jagaai and madhaai’ (a reference to middlemen).”
Lamenting her government, he charged that it had defamed the soil of West Bengal and rendered its people helpless. “Those who got power in Bengal in the name of ‘Maa, Maati, Manush’ after unseating the Left have also adopted the culture of violence. They have defamed the soil of Bengal and rendered its people helpless,” he added.
Assailing Banerjee for the sit-in she staged against the attempted questioning of Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar by the CBI in the Saradha chit fund scam case, the prime minister said it was for the first time that a chief minister had staged a dharna to protect the fraudsters who looted lakhs of poor people. “This chowkidar will spare neither the perpetrators of chit fund scams nor those protecting them,” he asserted.
PM Modi also accused the TMC government of resorting to violence against its political opponent. He said, “The people of Bengal voted for Didi to get rid of the violence of the communists. But the new government is following the same model of violence against its opponents…TMC government has become communist part-two.”