With questions being raised about the credibility of the Trinamool Congress after another one of its MPs was arrested in the Saradha scam, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday launched a scathing attack on the Modi government, accusing it of indulging in “political vendetta” against her because she attended a “secular event” in Delhi.
She also dared the Centre to arrest her and impose President’s rule in West Bengal.
“I had been to Delhi to attend a conclave of secular parties at an event to mark Jawaharlal Nehru’s 125th birth anniversary. It has been reciprocated with a CBI arrest,” Mamata said, addressing a party meeting attended by MPs, ministers and MLAs.
She said she will go to such events “100 times” and her party will actively support the formation of any secular front. “I accept the challenge thrown before us,” she said, adding that she will retaliate if attacked. “Let them send me to jail… I challenge them to impose President’s rule. We will reply through ballot. We are not slaves of power. We will protest against the selective vendetta against us,” she added.
The day’s meeting was evidently aimed at raising the sagging morale of the party workers who are silently watching the virtual parade of senior party leaders almost every day before the CBI for their alleged complicity in the Saradha scam.
Mamata alleged that Modi and his government has bought over 99 per cent of the media, which never questioned thousands of crores spent by the BJP during the Lok Sabha elections. The same section of the media, she alleged, was acting to serve the interest of the BJP and engaged in “all sorts of canards” against her party and the government.
Alleging that the country has been experiencing communal instability “from day one of this Modi government”, she said, “They have instigated riots across India.”
Training guns at Modi, she said in the the past six months, the PM has spent more time in foreign countries than he did in India.
Coming out in support of Srinjoy Bose, she questioned the CBI move behind his arrest. “If he can be arrested for links with Saradha, then why not arrest Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar… for their links with the Sahara Group?” she asked.
Bose remanded to 4-day police custody
A court in Kolkata Saturday rejected the interim bail plea of TMC Rajya Sabha MP Srinjoy Bose, arrested by CBI in connection with the Saradha chit fund case Friday, and remanded him to four-day police custody. Bose told the court he was suffering from high blood pressure and back pain. ENS