Kolkata: In response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly criticizing the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal for the violence that happened during the recent panchayat polls, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that he shouldn’t talk about issues like violence and corruption.
Mamata Banerjee said that the Prime Minister is talking about the violence that happened in the West Bengal panchayat polls. She claimed that this violence was actually planned and carried out by the state unit of the BJP. According to her, about 17 people were killed by people supported by the BJP during these rural elections. She also said that before talking about such things, the Prime Minister should learn to be more respectful in politics. She believes he doesn’t have the right to talk about violence in West Bengal, especially when there are problems he can’t control in Manipur. Mamata Banerjee made these statements in a video message after the Prime Minister gave a virtual speech at a workshop organized by the BJP in the state.
Banerjee also said that that addressing the issue of corruption does not suit the Prime Minister at a time when he himself is in the midst of corruption.
“The Prime Minister is speaking against corruption but unable to take action against the corrupt leaders in his own party. From the PM Care Fund to the Rafale deal, there had been corruption everywhere. Even the demonetisation and attempt to privatise public sector units in the country are not above question,” she said.
She went on to say that the Prime Minister should not take the common people for granted and think of them as fools.
“The demonetization was done to serve the interest of BJP. No national interest was involved behind the demonetization decision. If you want to start somewhere you should start with cleaning up your own party. Why are you not taking action against your own party leaders who are involved in terrorsing the commons and harassing the women? Why are you not taking action against those who are involved in Manipur violence,” the Chief Minister queried.
During his virtual address, the Prime Minister accused the Trinamool Congress of “playing with blood” in the rural civic body polls.
“The entire country has witnessed this game of blood by Trinamool Congress, where not just the BJP supporters and leaders but also the common voters became the onslaught of violence unleashed by Trinamool Congress.
“Despite the massive violence unleashed by the ruling party activists, the BJP candidates had won a number of seats in the panchayat polls. Even after the polls are over, our winning candidates continue to face the onslaughts of the ruling party activists,” Modi added.