Kolkata: After launching a scathing attack on the Centre over West Bengal Transport Minster Madan Mitra’s arrest, Mamata Banerjee has called for a protest rally on Saturday. The rally will take place at 1.00 pm in Kolkata’s Maidan area at the base of the statue of legendary footballer Gostho Pal.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday termed state Transport Minister Madan Mitra’s arrest as “political vendetta” and “dirty conspiracy” by the BJP and dared the NDA government to arrest her.
“What has happened is illegal and unconstitutional. It is a dangerous step to destroy democratic institutions. My government condemns the arrest of Madan Mitra in the strictest of terms,” Banerjee told reporters at the state secretariat in Kolkata.
“It is a conspiracy, a very dirty conspiracy, I ask the Prime Minister to put me in jail first. He (Mitra) was called as a witness. Within a few years he was arrested. Is it not a political vendetta?” a furious Banerjee said. “I will visit Madan in SSKM Hospital (when he is taken there for medical examination). Arrest me with whatever police Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have at their disposal,” she said.
On the other hand, he Left Front was quick to ask for Banerjee’s resignation over the chit fund scam. They will also hold a rally at 2.30 pm to push for a three-point charter demand one of them asking that Banerjee be questioned by the CBI with regard to the scam.
“Banerjee knows everything about the scandal, but she tried to brush it under the carpet with the Special Investigation Team of the state police probing the scam,” said Communist Party of India-Marxist state secretariat member Sujon Chakraborty to Zee News.
“We also demand the arrest of all culprits, and all arrangements made to return the money to those who lost their savings by parking their hard-earned money in ponzi schemes,” he said. Similar protests will be held across the state, he added.
The Left Front’s rally is set to take place from Lenin statue to Moulali in Kolkata.