West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee did not mince her words on Friday when she slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the present situation in the country owing to the government’s demonetisation move and the arrest of two TMC ministers Tapas Paul and Sudip Bandyopadhyay by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Both ministers have been arrested allegedly in connection with Rose Valley chit fund scam. In a statement to news agency ANI, Banerjee said, “In current situation a national government should be formed with another BJP person at helm. He (PM Modi) has to go.”
Hitting out at the prime minister, Banerjee said, “To save country, let a national government be formed. Advaniji, Rajnathji or Jaitleyji can head it. Current situation is unacceptable.” After the arrest of Sudip Bandyopadhyay, the West Bengal chief minister had told Indian Express, “The Centre can’t tolerate any opposition. We are speaking out against Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, which is why the CBI is attacking us now.”
She also charged the CBI for acting as an agent of the Centre to oppose political opposition. Another TMC leader Chandrima Bhattacharya too alleged conspiracy in the arrest of the TMC MP and filed an FIR adding that the CBI did not have any evidence to execute the arrest. Kolkata police officers said that this was the first time that a ruling party member was lodging a case against the agency in Bengal, in recent history.
A national government is a coalition government that subordinates party differences in favour national interest during crisis situations.
Mamata urges President to 'save' India
Going hammer and tongs at the Centre, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday urged President Pranab Mukherjee to "save the country from the mess".
"All the institutions are under attack. This is a dangerous game. We appeal to the President to save the country from the mess," Banerjee said.
"There is terrorism and hallabazi in the name of governance at the Centre. They even dismantled the Planning Commission and set up Niti Ayog with their own men who do not understand the country."
The Trinamool Congress supremo attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"The PM is behaving like Kalidas, trying to cut the branch he is sitting on," she said.
"To save this country, let a national government be formed: Advaniji, Rajnathji or Jaitleyji can head it," she said, referring to BJP leaders L.K. Advani, Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley.
"This current situation is just unacceptable. 'He' has to go," she said, in an obvious reference to Modi. "President and Supreme Court have (a) role (to play)."