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If You Send Our Leaders to Jail, We Will Also Send You to Jail: Mamata to BJP

Sujit Nath |

Updated: April 21, 2017, 5:53 PM IST
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If You Send Our Leaders to Jail, We Will Also Send You to Jail: Mamata to BJP
File photo of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday launched a scathing attack on BJP and asked her party leaders, including the ones chargesheeted in the Narada scam, not to be afraid of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). She termed the investigating agency as the 'pet' of the ruling party in the Centre.

"They (CBI) will not be able to prove them guilty. We will fight it legally," she said.

While addressing the workers from all over India at 'TMC Organisational Meet' at Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata, she asked all chargesheeted MPs and MLAs to stand up on the dais. All of them immediately stood up, but what came as a surprise for Mamata was one missing member Subhendu Adhikari (also named in CBI chargesheet).

"Where is Subhendu?" Mamata asked during her speech. One of the party leaders told her that he is (Subhendu) not well. However, party insiders claimed that everything is not well within the party's structure.

"This is the reason she kept urging workers to be more active and vigilant to fight BJP. After Narada, there is a panic in the party leadership. Even Subhendu's father Sishir Adhikari and his brother MP Dibyendu Adhikari were not present in the meet. Sishir da came for a while but he along with Dibyendu left the venue citing medical issues," revealed a source.

Without stressing much into Subhendu's absence, she continued her attack on BJP-CBI nexus.

"CBI is a pet of the ruling party at the Centre. The agency is working on the instruction of BJP leaders. They will not be able to scare us. It is the need of the hour for all regional parties to come together for the sake of the nation," she said.

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"They are harassing our leaders because we raised our voice against anti-people policies of the BJP government. How many leaders will you put in jails? I dare you to arrest all our MPs, Ministers, MLAs. If you send our leaders to jail, we will also send you to jail," she said while adding that "Jo Hamse Takraye Ga...Chur Chur Ho Jayega (those who will try to harm us...will be finished)".

"I would like to tell all my party leaders not to get scared with the vindictive politics of the BJP. Treat the next two years as a challenge. We have to fight against the malicious propaganda and conspiracies of BJP. People of this country will respond to it in the coming elections," she said.

Urging party workers to stop depending too much on her, she said, "I am overburdened with other work. I would like to urge my workers to work hard. Forget sleep and food. It's time to fight back. I want to remain in the party as a karmi (worker). You have to take the party forward."

She said, "BJP spends crores on social media. They put fake photos and distort my words. We have to counter them. I would like to ask all my party workers to counter BJP's false claim against TMC on social media. "She ended her speech to party workers by naming Subrata Bakshi as the All India General Secretary of the party.

"It's time to fight like a brave without any fear," she added.

Reacting to Mamata openly defending chargesheeted MPs and MLAs, state BJP president, Dilip Ghosh said, "They are panicked and it is now evident that TMC will not be there in Bengal after two years. Let her defend all the 13 MPs and MLAs. We want to see the end of this episode."

On Subhendu Adhikari's absence from the crucial party meet, he said, "I will not like to make any comment in this matter. This is their internal party matter but yes I heard that few years back he tried to contact a senior BJP leader in Delhi expressing his wish to join BJP."

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First Published: April 21, 2017, 5:50 PM IST
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