BJP hatching conspiracy to topple Bengal government: Mamata
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee came down heavily on the BJP accusing them of trying to engineer riots in the state by spreading rumours and hatching conspiracy to topple her government.
"If they think that they will conspire to topple our government and send me behind bars to throttle my voice as I have been vocal against them, they must remember that an injured tiger is more dangerous than a dead one. I will thwart all efforts to demean Bengal by any means," Banerjee told reporters at Nabanna on Monday.
She alleged that the saffron party is spending crores of rupees to spread fake news through various social networking sites and are thus trying to incite violence in the state. "Rumours about violence in Bengal have been spread through social media to defame the state. There were two, three post-poll incidents due to BJP, who are trying to incite violence in Bengal," she added.
Banerjee maintained that the Central government has an equal responsibility as the state in case of any violence or riot in any state. "If there are instances of riot or violence in any state, then the Central government cannot shrug off its responsibility," she said hitting out at the Centre for sending an advisory to her government in the wake of the Sandeshkhali killings.
A clash broke out between Trinamool Congress and BJP workers in Sandeshkhali's Hatgachi area over the removal of the saffron party's flags on Saturday. The police have so far confirmed deaths of three political workers — two from BJP and one from TMC in the incident.
"They (BJP) want to wash their hands off the incident and that's why they have sent an advisory to the state government. But I will not speak on it because the Chief Secretary has already given his reply. A letter has also been sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs," she said.
Banerjee also accused the saffron party of telling lies about deaths of their workers in the incident. "They are also telling lies about the number of deaths. Two (BJP) persons died (in Sandeshkhali) but they claimed three of their supporters were missing without mentioning details of their identities," Banerjee alleged.
Reiterating that she would not allow any sort of hooliganism in the state, Banerjee stated: "I have received information that some OC and SI in the police ranks are not discharging their duties properly in three to four districts in the state. We are looking into the matter and we will handle such incidents strongly."
Commenting on results of the general elections, Banerjee asserted her doubts on the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).
"Will you believe that CPI(M) would transfer all its votes (in favour of the BJP)? Can anyone control all the votes? They should look into this. I have heard that the CPI(M) got no votes in two booths in Siliguri. It means their polling agent did not vote for the party. Is it "an outcome of pre-planned) programming," Banerjee claimed.