February 23, 2024 9:36 am

It’s mandatory for WB CM to account for ‘loot’, BJP says: PM Modi doesn’t need Mamata’s validation

BJP made light of Mamata Banerjee’s statement distancing PM Modi from alleged abuse of central agencies as rumour mills went abuzz.

The BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya posted a message on Twitter on Tuesday making it clear that he and the PM did not require the West Bengal chief minister’s approval. As a result of a court order, the entire government, top ministers, party office bearers, and her immediate family are under the radar of central agencies. She must account for the loot.

Mamata Banerjee shields PM

The Mamata Banerjee-led government tabled a resolution against central agencies on Monday amid allegations against multiple TMC leaders. According to the resolution, the central agencies are selectively targeting ruling party officials in the state and creating an atmosphere of fear as part of a greater conspiracy to overthrow democratically-elected governments. A total of 189 MLAs voted in favor of the resolution, while 69 voted against it due to TMC’s overwhelming majority.

As Banerjee spoke about this resolution in the state Assembly, she said, “BJP leaders are threatening opposition leaders with arrest by CBI and ED every day. Should central agencies function like this in the country? Some BJP leaders are misusing the CBI and ED for their own interests, I do not think Prime Minister Narendra Modi is behind this.” The TMC supremo also claimed that the CBI reports now to the Home Ministry instead of the PMO, which in the past reported to the PMO.

TMC MP Saugata Roy explained to the media a day earlier that the WB CM was the only person who could explain her comments’ political significance. Banerjee also came under heavy criticism from the Congress, which accused her of playing ‘hide and seek’ with voters. “Nothing moves without Prime Minister Modi’s approval in this government of rulers sitting in Delhi,” Supriya Shrinate was quoted as saying by PTI. In giving the prime minister a clean chit, you are essentially acquitting him of the charges on which the country is currently asking questions”.

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