Mamata Banerjee Says Centre Using CBI, ED To Terrorise People

Mamata Banerjee

KOLKATA:  West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today accused the Centre of pursuing vindictive politics and using central agencies like the CBI and the ED to terrorise people in the non BJP-ruled states.

"They are terrifying everybody by using the CBI, ED or the Income Tax Department. In states which have no BJP governments they are using the three central agencies against them," she said.

Addressing a programme of Trinamool Congress, the chief minister also ticked off BJP for "selling" the country in the name of "Make In India".

"They don't care for the values and principles of the country," she alleged.

Ms Banerjee indirectly accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of trying to take credit for everything positive happening in Bengal and "spreading lies".

"In Bengal, we have cancelled more than 1.35 crore fake ration cards. He is claiming that they have saved so much of leakage of PDS by saving Rs. 30,000 crore. In Swachh Bharat, under the Nirmal Bharat scheme we have taken a lead, but they are taking credit by saying they are doing Swachh Bharat.

"We have opened accounts in panchayat for women working in ICDS. They are taking credit that they have opened accounts. Sitting back and tweeting about those achievements and trying to take credits. There should be a limit in telling lies," Ms Banerjee said.

She asked her party lawmakers to expose the lies on the floor of Parliament.

Ms Banerjee attacked CPI(M) and Congress for protesting only in West Bengal against the hike in fuel prices, saying "Every day the prices of fuel are increasing. And whenever the fuel prices are increasing CPI-M and Congress are protesting. Why are they not protesting against it in Delhi? They have their offices in Delhi."

She accused the BJP of trying to flare up communal passions in the country. "The Congress too has joined them these days while the CPI-M is also there with them."

She alleged the CPI-M and the Congress had sacrificed their ideologies for the sake of returning to power and that a section of the media acted as their "stooges".

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