Reeling under a spate of arrests of its MPs by the CBI and facing criticism from union ministers, the Trinamool Congress chose to strike back hard at its detractors.
The party has called the National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval a known ‘RSS sympathiser’, and it has planned to stall the proceedings of Parliament which is beginning on Monday.
Trinamool Congress national spokesman and Rajya Sabha member Derek O’ Brien issued a hard-hitting statement in response to one by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley criticising Mamata Banerjee for her comments on CBI and Burdwan blasts. But O’ Brien said he did not take anyone by name. “There are many security advisers. I did not take any name,” O’ Brien told Indian Express before taking his flight to Delhi.
O’ Brien, in his statement, said that the NSA Ajit Doval was an RSS man:
“The honourable Mr Jaitley has also written about the Burdwan blast and linked it to nationalism. Let me make three specific charges here:
1. This is all part of a devious BJP master game plan.
2. The current PM used this narrative throughout his election campaign in Bengal. This wasn’t a mere coincidence. It was a plan.
3. The NSA is a known RSS sympathizer. These devious plans are all conceived, drafted and approved at RSS HQ.”
But strangely, last week in the state assembly, Minister for Education and Parliamentary Affairs Partha Chatterjee was commending the government citing the NSA Ajit Doval. “It is Ajit Doval who said in Kolkata that the state police was on right track so far as the Burdwan blast was concerned,” Chatterjee said.
However, Siddharth Nath Singh, BJP national general secretary said the Mamata government’s days are now counted. “She did not order investigations when blasts in Murshidabad took place. What kind of patriotism is this. And linking the topmost security official of the country with an organisation is so unfortunate,” Singh told Indian Express.
Meanwhile, TMC MP Shubendu Adhikary told The Indian Express what the party has planned for the upcoming winter session of the Parliament: “On 25 when the session begins, we will demand suspension of Question Hour and seek discussion on BJP’s electoral pledge of bringing back black money to the country. We will also raise issues of curtailment of NREGS and deprivation of the state. We will hold sit-in dharnas and other agitations outside Parliament. In fact we will give the government a harrowing time.”
On Sunday, none of the TMC MPs attended the all-party meeting called by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.