A DAY after BJP national general secretary and Bengal party in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya said his party could offer issue-based support to other Opposition parties, the Congress-Left alliance rejected the proposal on Friday, alleging that the saffron party had a “tacit understanding” with the ruling Trinamool Congress.
Addressing a joint press conference outside the state Assembly with CPM MLA Sujan Chakraborty, Congress legislator Abdul Mannan said: “While their national leaders are coming to Bengal and praising the Trinamool government, state BJP leaders are trying to save their skin by saying such things. They should condemn the central BJP leaders’ actions and ask the Centre to step up investigations into the Saradha multi-crore scam.”
“When we had urged all parties to unite against the Saradha scam, all parties had responded, except Trinamool and BJP. How can we rely on them?” Mannan asked.
Vijayvargiya’s statement had come days after a similar view was expressed by state unit chief Dilip Ghosh. “Tacit understanding and opposition cannot go hand in hand. We all know about the tacit understanding between BJP and Trinamool. So these talks of opposing Trinamool in the Assembly is nothing but a farce to fool the masses,” Chakraborty said.
Speaking about Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s first first administrative meeting on Friday, Mannan said: “We were expecting that the chief minister would spare some words for the victims of post poll violence. At least, she would send out a stern message against the prevailing violence but she did not. She had said a lot in the Assembly yesterday but not today.”
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“While she spoke about people getting rice at Rs 2 per kg, thanks to the central government subsidy, she kept quiet about the escalating price of potatoes, which has reached Rs 26 per kg,” he added.
Claiming that the chief minister did not say anything against the Centre as she did not want to offend her friends in Delhi, Chakraborty said: “What is of utmost priority at the moment is maintaining peace and arresting the escalating price of essential commodities. She did not say anything about any of these.”
Mannan said the two parties were ready to reach out to victims of poll violence. By June 16, they intend to visit at least six places that have seen such violence. “Didibhai (Mamata Banerjee) and Modi bhai’s (Narendra Modi) understanding is clear, given the fact that Mamata did not say anything about the central government not passing on the benefit of lowered crude oil price to the people. We demand a tax rebate on prices of petrol and diesel,” he added.