Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee hit again Thursday at extortion allegations leveled towards him by the BJP, saying if expenses towards him are proved the opposition get together won’t need to do a lot as he’ll “stroll to the gallows”.
Since October final yr, BJP state and nationwide leaders, together with the Union residence minister Amit Shah, have been singling out Banerjee of their speeches, calling him “tolabaaj bhaipo” (extortionist nephew in Bengali) and accusing him of amassing wealth by unfair means.
“Let the Central Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate conduct a probe. Whether it is proved that I’ve made even a penny by corruption you gained’t need to do something. I’ll voluntarily stroll to the gallows and cling myself,” mentioned Banerjee amid loud applause at a well-attended TMC rally at Gangarampur in South Dinajpur district in north Bengal.
After defecting from the Trinamool final month, former minister Suvendu Adhikari has intensified the assault on Mamata Banerjee’s nephew.
“You would not have the braveness to take my identify and all the time seek advice from me as bhaipo in order that I can’t sue you in court docket. You name me tolabaaj however you’re the one who was seen within the (Narada sting operation) video accepting cash,” Banerjee mentioned with out naming Adhikari.
Reacting to Banerjee’s remarks, Adhikari, whereas addressing a rally at Tamluk in East Midnapore later within the afternoon, mentioned, “The tolabaaj bhaipo has to inform the folks why all authorities contracts are given to some particular folks in Kolkata and what’s the supply of his prosperity. Even faculty luggage and bicycles given to college students are so sub-standard that these need to be repaired earlier than use.”
“Regardless of all of the criticism they face, CPI(M) and Left leaders did numerous good work. The TMC ruined all the pieces. Within the training sector, for instance, appointment of lecturers has stopped and corruption has crept in,” mentioned Adhikari.
Making a radical assertion, Adhikari mentioned not all leaders from the TMC-run civic our bodies in East Midnapore needs to be inducted into the BJP. “I personally know that a few of them have made tens of millions by corruption.”
Branding the BJP’s nationwide leaders as “outsiders”, Banerjee mentioned, “they neither communicate or perceive Bengali nor know the historical past and tradition of Bengal.
“Bengal won’t bow earlier than Gujarat. No person can train us (Bengalis) patriotism,” mentioned Banerjee.
The chief focused the BJP on a bunch of points, starting from the Doklam standoff and demonetisation to corruption.
“It has been 4 years since we had demonetisation. India’s GDP has gone down from eight% to minus four%. Who will reply for that?” he mentioned.
“Earlier than the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, PM Modi mentioned he won’t spare any prison and corrupt particular person and now the BJP is inducting all of the thieves. Earlier than the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Modi made a protracted speech on Pulwama. We additionally need the Centre to crush the threats posed by Pakistan. However why are Modi and Amit Shah silent on China?” Banerjee mentioned.
“Mamata Banerjee used to dwell in a home with tiled roof and put on white saree and hawai chappal (sandals) earlier than coming to energy in 2011. She nonetheless lives the identical life. However, Modi, who used to experience a automotive price Rs 10 lakh earlier than 2014, now goes round in a bullet-proof automotive price Rs 6 crore,” mentioned Banerjee.
He additionally known as BJP nationwide common secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya’s son Akash and BJP state president Dilip Ghosh “goonda” (ruffian) by taking their names.
Banerjee is on a five-day tour of the north Bengal districts the place the BJP gained seven of the area’s eight Lok Sabha seats in 2019 and now poses a problem to the ruling get together. He’s visiting the realm to deal with infighting and organizational points plaguing the TMC.
In 2019, the TMC’s tally within the Lok Sabha got here down from 34 seats to 22. When it comes to the 56 meeting segments within the eight Lok Sabha seats in north Bengal, the BJP was forward of the TMC in 35.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee, too, spent three days in north Bengal in mid-December. BJP leaders of each state and nationwide degree, together with nationwide president J P Nadda are additionally often tenting in north Bengal.
The West Bengal meeting has 294 seats and Amit Shah has declared that BJP will oust the TMC authorities by profitable greater than 200 seats.