Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister took to her favourite BJP bashing game here on Wednesday by lambasting the saffron party for orchestrating probes against Opposition parties through central agencies.
“They cannot fight politically, that’s why they stopped Congress with the help of agencies. They are doing the same to me…They are calling for interrogation again, but in reality, the one whose name appeared in connection with Narada has not been called,” said Banerjee taking a dig at leader of Opposition, Subhendu Adhikari.
She added as quoted by The Telegraph, “They interrogated Abhishek (Banerjee) for nine hours and they have summoned him again. Why was the case (Coal scam) transferred from Calcutta to Delhi? The BJP uses agencies against Congress, Sharad Pawar, Mulayam Singh Yadav. There is no case against Subrata Mukherjee, Bobby Hakim (in Narada). Why is the real thief shielded?”
Meanwhile, Banerjee would file her nomination for the Bhabanipur bypoll on September 10. The CM was addressing her party workers at a party meet in Chetla under her Bhabanipur constituency which will go for polls on September 30.
Banerjee also announced state minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay as the TMC candidate for the Khardaha seat. “Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay (who won from Bhabnipur Assembly seat & later resigned) will contest from Khardaha Assembly constituency. He had resigned for me. He will continue as a minister,” the chief minister said.
Continuing with her attack on the BJP, she added, “Only God knows the way polls were held in ’21. Centre lied, still couldn’t beat me. There was conspiracy behind attack on me in Nandigram. 1000 goons from outside came to mislead about Bengal.”
Now, with the Congress deciding against fielding a candidate against Banerjee, the BJP meanwhile is struggling to convince several party leaders to lock horns with her but to no avail. Said state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh, “We will send a few names to Delhi, for them (the central leadership) to finalise.… We have asked a lot of people to contest the bypoll, but none is willing.”