CM Mamata takes on Amit Shah with ‘bamboo on the backside’ jibe, says some people talked a bit too much

Amit Shah had spoken about link between Saradha scam money and the Burdwan blast on November 30 at a rally in Kolkata.

Written by Madhuparna Das , Subrata Nagchowdhury | Kolkata | Updated: December 4, 2014 5:05 pm
Mamata Banerjee. Mamata Banerjee.

Three days after BJP president Amit Shah alleged in Kolkata that Saradha money had been used to fund terror, union minister Jitendra Singh told Lok Sabha that investigators had found no such link. Within hours, a triumphant Mamata Banerjee declared, in colourful language, that unpredictable consequences befall those who spend their time looking for ways to harass others.

“…Shanti na thakle kono kichhu hoyna… nijera korte paaren-ni, jaara korchhe, sarakkhon taader pichhone ki kore bamboo deya jaaye, taar chinta kore berachhe… (Nothing is possible without peace… they could do nothing themselves, and are now all the time looking for ways to stick a bamboo up the backside of those who are trying to do something),” the Trinamool Congress chief told a public rally in Jalpaiguri in North Bengal on Wednesday.

“Bamboo jangal-e hoy, ghar-baari toiri-te kaaje laage. Aar jaane na, bamboo dite-dite bamboo jokhon taara kore na shobaike, tokhon je kothaye jaabe… raakhar jayega thaakbe na… (Bamboo grows in forests, and is used to build homes. But they don’t know, when bamboo turns around and starts to chase people, no one knows where it might go…),” Mamata said.

Without mentioning Shah, she added, “keu-keu ektu beshi kotha bole felechhe (Some people have talked a bit too much)… I have no problems with people speaking, if they are speaking the truth. But speaking untruths, lies… Just because I have a channel, I will say what I want, there has to be a limit to everything…”

The West Bengal’s Chief Minister’s extraordinary outburst came after Singh, Minister of State in the PMO, said in a written reply to Parliament, “The (Saradha chit fund scam) investigation has so far not revealed any such transaction where money was routed to Bangladesh to fund terrorist activities.”

The minister’s statement squarely contradicted Shah, who had said at a BJP rally on Sunday, “Saradha chit fund money was used in the Burdwan blast. The NIA is not being allowed to probe the blast properly. Hurdles are being erected. It is being done in order to save Trinamool Congress leaders who are involved in the blast.”

Singh was replying to an unstarred question from BJP MPs Hari Manjhi (Gaya) and Pralhad Joshi (Dharwad) on whether the government had sought details of the Saradha probe after reports indicated that a part of the money was routed to Bangladesh to fund terror activities.

Trinamool spokesman Derek O’Brien said: “Amit Shah has to apologise to the people of Bengal for deliberately misleading them. On the floor of the House the minister has said there is no proof of what he said at his rally, yet he made that statement in the rally linking Saradha to the Burdwan blasts and to Bangladesh.”

In West Bengal, a senior minister in Mamata’s cabinet, Subrata Mukherjee, said the Trinamool might consider taking Shah to court for slander.

Late in the evening, in an apparent attempt at issuing a clarification, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar tweeted, “There are three facts 1. Sharda Scam is a reality. 2. Millions of poor have been defrauded. 3. Many in TMC have been found as beneficiaries.”

Interestingly, only a day before Shah alleged that Mamata’s government was blocking the Burdwan investigation, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had told a police officers’ conference in Guwahati that West Bengal police and NIA were working together on the probe.

The NIA itself has been appreciative. Burdwan SP S M Meerza said the central agency has communicated to him that it would like to reward several police officers for their contribution to the investigation.

“We have provided the basic investigative framework to the NIA, including Google maps locations, telephone numbers, photos, confessional statements, etc., so the NIA can take the probe forward. Some key arrests, like that of Zia-ul-Haque [who taught Arabic at a school in Talit, Malda, and was arrested early last month] were made on the basis of inputs provide by the Burdwan police,” Meerza said.

(With ENS, New Delhi)

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  1. B
    Dec 3, 2014 at 9:18 pm
    Ali bhai - bure din aa e for you. No more fun of teasing Hindu sisters.
  2. B
    Dec 3, 2014 at 9:20 pm
    And Congress is the party of truth. Their only LS manifesto - Modi will turn out to be a Hitler - no sign of that. Isn't it?
  3. B
    Dec 3, 2014 at 9:17 pm
    No matter how hard you try, your achhe din are gone. No more Sick ular Congress. You can only day dream.
  4. D
    Dipak Bose
    Dec 4, 2014 at 8:40 am
    President`s rule should be imposed on west Bengal. All muslim names should be erased out from the electoral roll and all Muslims should be expelled as they are all illegal immigrants. . Otherwise Mamta Begum will take over West Bengal for her fellow Muslims.
  5. H
    Harry Achari
    Dec 3, 2014 at 8:44 pm
    She will continue attack modi, from thihar jail soon. Do you think Bengalis will forgive her for looting poor people via sharada chitfund? Together with looting gangs. Do u think Bengalis trust her fake appearance with ' simple saree and slippers'? Where is her fan annaji? No fasting in Calcutta?
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    Velamur janardhanam
    Dec 4, 2014 at 4:48 am
    As usual TMC is jumping the gun. The minister has replied in the Lok sabha which is based on the factual position as it stands today. As the leader of the ruling party Amit shah has stated the general opinion among people. For mamata to say things like bamboo on the backside is vulgar to say the least. She will stoop even further as she slides in front of her own people. Amit bhai will wait.
  7. A
    Dec 4, 2014 at 4:33 am
    well well well.. lets see now how many people in Rajyasabha have problem with this speech similar to Niranjan Jyoti
  8. A
    Dec 3, 2014 at 8:43 pm
    No sir; his chelas did. Its fine to you then? Bravo.
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