Ravi Shankar Prasad
Ravi Shankar Prasad

BJP blasts Oppn parties for backing Mamata: Ridicules ‘coalition of corrupt’

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New Delhi, Feb 4 : Amid heightened politico-legal battle with the Trinamool Congress, the ruling BJP on Monday sought to take the battle into the broad opposition camp and said the manner in which Congress and other parties have backed embattled Mamata Banerjee only show that the proposed Gathbandhan, is nothing but an "opportunistic alliance".

"The fundamental question today is that the Gathbandhan, we see, we can call it an opportunistic alliance," BJP leader and Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here. "It is also the coalition of the corrupt....saving each other," he said. "And in doing so all 'maryada (decorum and propriety)' have been abandoned," the Minister charged.

Taking a dig at Mamata Banerjee sitting on a Dharna since Sunday evening despite being the Chief Minister in office, he said, "Sometime back Arvind Kejriwal had done so....and now Mamata Banerjee is following the same".

Mr Prasad also wondered why Ms Banerjee had maintained silence when several big leaders and sitting lawmakers were arrested. "What is special about this Police Commissioner (Rajeev Kumar) that she has to jump to his defence," Mr Prasad said.

Castigating at the double standards of Congress President, he said in 2014, Rahul Gandhi himself has said that nearly 20 lakh people lost their money in chit fund scams in West Bengal. "We took oath on May 26, 2014 and it must be kept in mind that all these inquiries into Sharada chit fund scam started before us," he said.

In fact, it is worth mentioning that it was only after a PIL filed by Congress leader Abdul Mannan that the Supreme Court had allowed CBI to take over the probe into the chit fund scams. In fact, two major chit fund scams had surfaced in the state by the name and style of Sharada Chit Fund and Rose Valley Chit Fund.

Several important Trinamool leaders including Sudip Bandyopadhayay (floor leader in Lok Sabha) and Madan Mitra were arrested from time to time. Mr Prasad said the recent actions from West Bengal Chief Minister only display the obvious that:

"Mamata ji has become completely demoralised by the unflinching support of the people of West Bengal for the cause of the BJP". He was referring to successful BJP rallies addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Durgapur and Thakurnagar on Saturday and couple of them by BJP president Amit Shah and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in different parts of the state.

The Union Minister mounted attack on Trinamool Congress chief - who also served as Railway Minister under Atal Bihari Vajpayee - that - "Mamataji herself and her government is saving corrupt people so that a fair probe not be carried out".

Dismissing the opposition claim that the CBI had suddenly plunged into action against Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar, he said: "You (senior police officer) were summoned for three years, so should you be warned when they come for you so that material may be destroyed".

Senior CBI officials in last two days have maintained that Rajeev Kumar had 'destroyed' evidence and therefore the probe agency needed to question him. Mr Prasad also cautioned that - "When the larger conspiracy will be probed, much more will come to light".

He was also critical about the fact that an in service police officer and city's Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar was sitting on a dharna with Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata. "What is the meaning of this?," he asked adding a commissioner-level public servant sitting on a Dharna is unprecedented. (UNI)