West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his charge that opposition parties were not treading the path of honesty, saying that the “most corrupt” people were talking about eradicating corruption.
“Demonetisation (has been) done only to help Modi babu and his close associates,” Banerjee said in retaliation for the Prime Minister’s attack on opposition parties over corruption and disruption of Parliament due to protests against demonetisation.
“The most corrupt people are talking about removing corruption,” she said, joining issue with Modi over his attack on the opposition parties earlier in the day.
Addressing BJP’s Parivartan rally in election-bound Uttar Pradesh, Modi said the opposition parties never wanted to tread the path of honesty “but we will definitely win this fight against corruption”.
“Parliament is not being allowed to function for 20 days. We are ready for debate (on demonetisation), but we are not being allowed to present our viewpoint by those very parties that have been discarded by the electorate,” Modi said addressing the rally at Bahraich through mobile phone from Lucknow after his helicopter failed to land there due to poor visibility.
“Demonetisation has meant complete demolition of the Indian economy,” Banerjee said in a series of tweets, continuing her unrelenting attack against the Modi government over invalidation of Rs 1,000 and old Rs 500 notes.
“The arrogant and destructive attitude of this government is trying to destroy the world’s largest democracy,” the Trinamool Congress supremo said.
It may be mentioned that the Bengal chief minister has always been raising questions on the failure of the Modi government to bring back black money from abroad as he had assured the people of the country during his election campaign.
While speaking on the same issue she had raised allegations that demonetisation is a “big scam” as crores of rupees were deposited in BJP’s bank account and huge tracts of land were purchased by the party a few months ago.
She had even demanded sit probe into the scam by a retired Supreme Court judge.