Mamata Mum on Modi’s Definition of Trinamool
Kolkata: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee is silent about staunch criticism of her and her party by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who on Thursday, gave a new definition of Trinamool Congress.
"T stands for terror, M stands for Maut (Death) and C for Corruption," Modi told an election rally at Asansol in Burdwan district on Thursday. But Mamata Banerjee, who had addressed a rally at Nayarangarh in West Midnapore district on Friday, remained silent on Modi's criticism.
Her opposition parties Congress and CPM are using her silence as a tool to intensify their campaign against the Chief Minister before second part of first phase polls in Bengal which will take place on April 11. Mamata on Friday, had addressed a Trinamool Congress election rally at Narayangarh in West Midnapore district which is being contested by the opposition leader Surjya Kanta Mishra. She came down heavily on Mishra and accused him of organising series of attacks on the villagers of Netai, Lalgarh and several other places in West Midnapore district. But she neither referred to Modi's criticism of her and her party, not she gave any reply to the criticism by the Prime Minister.
Echoing Modi, veteran Congress leader Manas Bhunia said, “Why the Chief Minister is silent about Narada sting operation which clearly shows many senior leaders of her party are accepting money before camera. Why is she not taking steps against such leaders ? Why the tainted Trinamoool Congress leaders are being allowed by the Chief Minister to contest elections and why not she, who claims herself to be a symbol of honesty, is silent on such issues?" Trinamool Congress insiders said the Chief minister was waiting for May 19, when results of Bengal election will be announced. "She will definitely give a befitting reply to the prime minister, but before that she wants to ensure her victory in this assembly elections," said a senior Trinamool Congress leader preferring anonymity.
Even though the Chief Minister is still silent on Modi's criticism, Trinamool Congress spokesperson Derek O' Brien said in a statement, “We heard the comments the Prime Minister made about our party. Ma- king up a clever-by-half abbreviation, based on wild allegations and using the initials letters of the name of our political party, was in poor taste to say the least."
“These are not words befitting of the Prime Minister of India. They bring his high office to disrepute. Mr Prime Minister, maybe we need to remind you that you are the Prime Minister of this great nation and of all Indians, irrespective of community and region. Do not reduce yourself to a Shakha Pramukh. Please grow with your job,” Derek said.
“The Trinamool Congress is far from being a corrupt party. We don’t run advertising campaigns for elections running into billions of unaccounted and unaccountable dollars. Neither do we play cheap politics over a tragedy. As for terror, we are all for combating it but not by raising paranoia, targeting innocent fellow citizens and raising communal temperatures. But then you, Mr Shakha Pramukh, would know about terror, given your record in 2002," said the party spokesperson in defence of Trinamool Congress.