In a scathing attack on the BJP, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee questioned why their arrested minister Partha Chatterjee needed to be taken to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Bhubaneswar. He said it could also be an “insult” to the people of Bengal, whom the BJP is trying to take over after Maharashtra.
Calling the SSKM at the country’s Quantity One hospital, where Partha Chatterjee was admitted, he said, “Why is it necessary to take him to a hospital that has central government contact? Why ESI Hospital? Why Command Hospital? What is the intention? Isn’t this an insult to the people of Bengal? what do you reckon? Is the Center harmless and the states all thieves? You are there because of the states”.
Then came the warning to the BJP: “Maharashtra has not been able to fight this time. They are saying that Maharashtra will be followed by Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bengal. Try to come here. You have to cross the Bay of Bengal. Crocodiles will bite you. And the Royal Bengal Tiger will bite you in the Sundarbans. Elephants will roll over you in North Bengal.”
Ms Banerjee spoke on the matter after discussion this morning that there was no response to Partha Chatterjee’s calls after her arrest. This was seen because of the chief minister’s attempt to distance himself from the minister, considered one of his high aides who is now battling corruption charges.
At the present time, the chief minister said she does not help “corruption or any wrongdoing”. He then said “BJP is wrong if it thinks it can actually break my party by using services” and the truth “should come out, but within a time limit”.
“I don’t spare anyone. If someone is a thief or a dacoit, TMC doesn’t spare them. I have got my own people arrested. I don’t even spare my MLAs and MPs and ministers. However when you try to throw ink on me If I do, I can throw mud at you too,” she said.
The Enforcement Directorate on Saturday arrested Partha Chatterjee in an alleged cash laundering case related to the teacher recruitment scam.
The arrest came after Rs 20 crore was recovered from his aide Arpita Mukherjee, who has also been arrested. The raid films confirmed a pile of banknotes, apparently on the land of Arpita Mukherjee’s house.