Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Saturday asked why Mohammad Selim should not be arrested for inciting people.
She was addressing a meeting at Jorasanko in support of party’s sitting MLA Smita Bakshi. Former state BJP president Rahul Sinha is pitted against her. “Selim had said that merely replacing TMC is not enough. We want revenge. Why should Selim not be arrested?” she asked. She said CPI(M) was submerged in corruption and now they were criticising TMC. All the chit funds including Sarada, Golden Trust, Icore, MPS were set up during CPI(M)’s time and its leaders had received money from them. “Congress was in the Centre but why did it not conduct any inquiry against CPI(M),” she asked. She said CPI(M) had given a letter of intent to private companies to set up a deep sea port at Rasulpur without floating any tender. Referring to Vivekananda Road flyover tragedy which has become a major issue in the area she said the consortium which was assigned to construct the flyover had written a letter to the then Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya on October 17 that why the contract was taken away from them even though they had spent Rs 10 crore on the project. “Many of the files relating to selection of the construction company are missing and if voted back to power I will conduct an inquiry to find out the real story.” Criticising Narendra Modi she said he had sent central agencies like CBI or ED to harass TMC leaders. “I am not scared of CBI or ED as I have got the blessings of people with me,” she said. She said that she would like to know who had funded Narada to conduct the sting operation. “The matter is lying before the Ethics Committee of Parliament and BJP leaders are talking big on the matter.” Without naming Siddharth Nath Singh who had said Bhag Mamta Bhag, she said “Just think of their audacity. They ask me to leave the state in which I was born.”
She said she would urge the voters to cast their votes in favour of TMC nominees on the basis of development work that had been carried out in Burrabazar in the past five years.” Roads are being cleaned thrice a day, the parks have been upgraded and the entire area is lit up and is looking bright. With this backdrop I request you to cast your vote in our favour,” she said.