“It is interesting, since I am addressing you in a state which is headed by a female chief minister, and when we talk about justice for all, I would love to hear what Mamata di has to say about triple talaq,” Irani said while address mediapersons at the state BJP headquarters.
The Union minister was in the city on Wednesday to attend a party workers’ meeting in the Kolkata North Parliamentary constituency.
Asked to comment on the BJP’s recent performance in the Kanthi Dakshin bypoll, in which the party emerged second, Irani said the result indicated the declining popularity of Trinamool Congress and other political parties in West Bengal.
“I think it is indicative of votes converging in the hope of development by the people of Bengal. It is indicative of efforts put in by BJP’s Bengal unit. It is also indicative of future elections where BJP is headed and also of the declining popularity of TMC and other political parties in West Bengal,” she said.
When asked to comment on the CBI filing FIR against 12 TMC leaders in Narada sting case, Irani refused to do so.
“As a Cabinet minister, I cannot talk about an ongoing investigation, and it would be improper to do so. I will say that the court and the investigation agency will ensure that justice is done,” she said.
However, she criticised Mamata for placing blame on BJP for the CBI probe into the Narada sting case.
“There is a proverb in Hindi, ‘ulta chor kotowal ko dante’ (the guilty scolds the innocent),” Irani added.
The Union minister also brushed aside allegations of a ‘Modi bhai-didi bhai’ understanding and said it was a conspiracy theory by the Opposition to stay relevant in politics.
“If that was the case, our state BJP president Dilip Ghosh would not have been booked in cases. BJP workers are beaten mercilessly here and other workers are being threatened. Do you think these incidents are indicative of any understanding?” she asked.
Slamming the Opposition for making such allegations, she said: “There is a little disquiet among those political organisations that have actually faded away, and the only way they can cling onto headlines is by indulging in such conspiracy theories.”