CONTAI (East Midnapore): This Sunday, Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee said that she had been a â€œboro godha (fool)â€ to trust â€œMir Jafars” in Trinamool who went on to join BJP, reinforcing its identity as a â€œparty of traitors and robbers”.
Responding to PM Narendra Modiâ€™s â€œTMC thieves” barb, Mamta said, TMC as chor (thief) and Narendra Modi, tomar gaddar-ra chor-er baba (the traitors with you are the father of all thieves). People never forgive traitors. Bengal has not forgiven the Mir Jafars”.
Mamta didnâ€™t mention any of the Adhikaris by name, but made no secret of the fact that she felt betrayed. â€œ I had blind faith in them. I had given them my love and affection. In my affection, I couldnâ€™t see the treachery beneath their mask,â€ she said. â€œThe traitors have made a lot of money. They have made so much money that they have now fled to save it. Else, I would have thrown them out. We will probe the complaint about a Rs. 5000-crore scam in Contai Co-operative Bank”.
The CM said the worst part was that the turncoats had brazenly admitted to being in touch with BJP â€œsince 2014â€.
â€œI had to take permission to come to East Midnapore. They behaved as if it is their fief or a Centre-governed territory. I can come at will. Whatever development has taken place here in the past decade was done by me and my government, for which the traitors took undue credit,â€ she said.
Without naming BJP’s Nandigram candidate Suvendu Adhikari, the CM said, â€œI had appointed him as a minister and, therefore,the plaques have their names. They made a bagful of cash and now have gone to BJP. These Vibhishans are more dangerousâ€.
The CM reminded party workers at all her three rallies of the day â€“ in Contai South, Contai North and NandaKumar in East Midnapore â€“ to keep a month long vigil ballot boxes. â€œThe Central and state police will do their job, but it is your responsibility to ensure peopleâ€™s votes are guarded. If EVMs stop functioning do not return home, wait till voting resumes, she said.