Mamata Banerjee accused the BJP of hiring protesters to show her black flags during one of her international tours and said that the party “paid them in dollars and claimed genocide happened in Bengal”.
The BJP is destroying the federal structure and depriving all non-BJP states, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said from the stage on day 2 of the dharna organised by her party, the All India Trinamool Congress. She also accused her political rival of robbing Bengal of “our GST money”.
“They are destroying the federal structure. They are depriving all the non-BJP states. They are robbing us of our GST money. They are stopping the 100-days work money. They are calling us anti-nationals. Only they are nationalists and we are not patriotic. That’s what they think. But we will fight it out,” Mamata Banerjee said.
Accusing the saffron party of acting like “feudal lords” and forcing news channels to not air the protests, Mamata Banerjee said: “They (the BJP) have asked all news channels to blackout our dharna. The media is the fourth pillar of democracy. The BJP has destroyed our democracy.”
“You sold LIC for Adani ‘Nandlal’. If you say anything against the BJP, you are thrown out of the House. If you speak against them, they send the ED and the CBI. What an honest party they are! They are acting like feudal lords.”
Mamata Banerjee lashed out at the BJP for “hiring” protesters to show her black flags during one of her international tours and said that the party “paid them in dollars and claimed genocide happened in Bengal”.
“Do you understand the meaning of genocide? It happened in Godhra. It happened with Bilkis Bano. It happened during the NRC and the CAA (protests). It is what happened in Delhi (the riots of 2020),” the chief minister said.
Mamata Banerjee began a two-day dharna in Kolkata on Wednesday to protest against the central government’s alleged discriminatory attitude towards Bengal.
Accompanied by senior party leaders Firhad Hakim, Aroop Biswas, Subrata Bakshi and Sovandeb Chattopadhyay, the chief minister began the demonstration on Red Road in central Kolkata against the Centre’s alleged stoppage of funds to the state.