Don’t be like Kejriwal: BJP to Mamata after she attacks Modi

Kolkata: Launching a counteroffensive against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her attack on the Centre and Prime Minister Narendra Modi today, the BJP asked her to stop “behaving like Arvind Kejiriwal and get down to governance”.

“Our advice to Mamata Banerjee is to stop behaving like Arvind Kejiriwal and get down to good governance so that TMC honours the mandate given to them in 2016,” BJP national Secretary Siddharth Nath Singh said.

Earlier, in the day Banerjee had attacked the Centre and taken a jibe at the Prime Minister as well.

“The Modi government has either stopped or slashed funds for various state government projects. He is trying to save money. What for will you save the money? You want to save the money for a coat and get a place in the Guinness Book?” she had told a meeting of TMC’s students wing.

Singh characterised Mamata’s outburst as an expression of “frustration” and asked her to stop playing the “victim card”.

“Mamata’s outburst against Modiji reflects her frustration as she, in her second (consecutive) term, cannot blame the previous government in Bengal (because then she would be blaming her own rule) for the problems she inherited,” Singh said.

“Governance has never been Mamata Banerjee’s asset. Therefore, she is from day one of her second term started to play the victim card blaming the Centre for paucity of funds and non-cooperation,” Singh told PTI.

He said the Modi government is known for “strengthening” the federal structure and keeping this in mind the Centre under the 14th Finance Commission allocated a lot more than what Bengal had received under the 13th Finance Commission.

Singh also asked Banerjee and TMC to conduct a census on their “own party activists who are involved” in cow smuggling.