Claiming that a love affair was blooming between the Congress and the Left Front in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday said that candidates of already decimated Opposition parties will face further rejection by the people.
“Congress and CPM are having a political love affair. Both are having an extended Valentine’s Day,” Mamata said while replying to the debate on the Governor’s address amid boycott of the House by opposition Left and Congress members who were alleging that the Chief Minister avoided the House regularly.
Launching a scathing attack on both the CPM and the Congress, Mamata said people would not vote for those who have boycotted the House. “Those who have left the benches vacant, thank you very much. One day you will end up boycotting yourselves. People will not elect you in future. People from our side will occupy those seats,” she said.
Referring to the vacant Opposition benches, she said, “Iswar eder bhalo rakhun. Echara kichu bolar nei. (I pray to God to keep them well. I have nothing else to say).”
Justifying her absence from the Assembly soon after the Governor’s address, Mamata said she took permission from the Speaker before going on district tours.
“I have to travel to districts to get a first-hand knowledge of problems. I do not give lectures sitting in air-conditioned rooms and resort to lies,” she said and wondered whether the Left liked her to be in the House all the time. “Do I look good? Is it necessary that I have to stay (in the House). It seems that you all like me.”
‘Cong bigger comrade’
Saying that the Congress had turned “bigger comrades than comrades”, she accused the Centre of attempting to “starve” the state. “Even the funds for the MGNERGA have been stopped by the Centre for the last three months. Why did it allow the CPM-led Left Front to take loans time and again during its reign?” she asked.
Rubbishing the recent charge of Leader of opposition Surjya Kanta Mishra accusing her of creating bad blood with neighbouring states and countries, she said that ties with foreign countries was for the Central government to take care of. “We are for better ties with all the states and also for neighbouring countries. There is no truth in the allegation,” she said.
Refuses CBI probe into Saradha scam .
She also criticized the Congress and CPM for demanding a CBI inquiry into the Saradha chit fund scam saying similar probes into incidents in Singur and Nandigram had not yielded results.
“There have been so many CBI probes. If there was result then I would have thought of it. There is no justice as yet in the Tapasi Malik murder case in Singur and in the killings in Nandigram and in Jnaneshwari Train disaster. Everyone knows none of these inquiries produced …continued »