At an election rally in West Bengal’s Panskura in East Medinipur, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stolen the money meant for COVID-19 management.
The TMC chief said the saffron party is not getting proper candidates for the assembly polls in the state and has fielded their MPs.
Earlier, addressing another rally at Khejuri in East Medinipur, she alleged that the BJP has stolen several lakhs of crores of rupees from the common people of the country by “selling” the Railways, BSNL and banks. “The BJP must clear the air over the fate of the demonetisation money and PM cares funds. People want to know,” she added.
The chief minister also reiterated the claim that she has been making that she is relieved that Mir Zafars” (traitors) have quit the party ahead of the upcoming assembly elections.
“Gaddars (traitors), Mir Jafars have now become BJP candidates to the dismay of old-timers of the saffron party,” she had said on Friday at an election rally in Egra, in an obvious reference to Suvendu Adhikari and Rajib Banerjee who had shifted allegiance to the BJP along with other leaders like Mukul Roy.
On Saturday, the TMC chief said, “Thank God, the ‘Mir Jafars’ (traitors) have left (TMC). I am relieved. It has saved us (the party). They never used to allow me to come to Khejuri, Nandigram or Kanthi whenever I wished to visit these places. As if this was their ‘zamindari’. Now, nobody can stop me from coming here.”
Banerjee left her Bhowanipore constituency in Kolkata to contest her former lieutenant and BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram seat, where an anti-land acquisition movement catapulted the TMC to power in the state in 2011. Most members of the Adhikari family, which holds considerable political clout in the district, have either joined the BJP or expressed a desire to join the saffron party.