Opposition parties Monday said the meeting confirmed that the BJP and TMC “were coming close for the sake of their respective political dividend”.
CPI(M) leader Md Selim said both Modi and Mamata “took a U-turn within a year”.
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“The high-decibel dual that was going on between the two was more of name-dropping instead of being critical of each other’s policies. Now, Modi is silent about the CBI probes (in Saradha scam) while Mamata is cosying up to him,” Selim said, and claimed that both have developed this “understanding” because “they need each other at the moment”.
“Mamata needs to keep the CBI at bay which has reached her doorstep and Modi’s allies and friends have lost faith on him so he is looking for renewing ties with old friends. We have been saying this for long and now it is as clear as daylight,” the leader added.
The Congress termed the event as “an excuse for the two parties (BJP and TMC) to start building a bridge”.
Abdul Mannan said, “Modi and Mamata have no business claiming credits (on the Land Boundary Agreement between India and Bangladesh).
“It is entirely the work of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, (Congress president) Sonia Gandhi, (President) Pranab Mukherjee and (former CM) Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.” He also said that if there was any sign of the investigation in the Saradha scam slowing down, he would move Supreme Court.
CPI general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta, too, said both Modi and Mamata have arrived at a “consensus”. “Investigation into the Saradha scam has slowed down and Mamata has opted for silence in criticising the Centre’s policies,” he said.
Senior BJP leaders, however, jumped to counter the allegations. BJP’s observer for Bengal, Siddharth Nath Singh said it was a different platform and Modi had spoken of cooperative federalism.
“It is true that if the state government wanted, it could have posed impediments on the way of the IISCO project. It is also true that if Mamata had refused to come to the event, she would have proved herself as an anti-people person, which she could not afford to do. Why can’t you look at politics from this point of view?” Singh asked.