Kolkata: With the West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress facing fire from the Opposition over the Kolkata flyover collapse incident that killed 26 people, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday asserted her government takes responsibility and acts in instances of “real injustice”.
“Our government is the common man’s government will never do anything to burden the common man. Our government is not CPI-M or Congress. We have the capacity to label injustice as injustice but if somebody lies and says ‘this is injustice’, then we do not accept that,” she said.
“If Trinamool Congress sees there has been real injustice, then it takes responsibility and corrects it. But if someone lies and makes something seem wrong then we do not believe in that act,” said Ms Banerjee, at a poll rally in West Midnapore ahead of the first phase of polls April 4.
At least 26 people died and 16 of 67 rescued, are in hospital with some of them battling for life, following the collapse of the under-construction Vivekananda Road flyover in north Kolkata’s market area Posta on Thursday.
The Bharatiya Janata Party sought a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe, calling the incident an “act of fraud protected by the West Bengal government” while Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, during his visit to Bengal on Saturday, alleged that Trinamool leaders were involved in the construction of the collapsed flyover.
“Some leaders from Delhi, who do not love Bengal, come down to the state during elections all of a sudden and go on talking in an unbridled fashion,” she said, adding: “Do not listen to them. They have always ignored Bengal.”
Firing salvos at the CPI-M and Congress over their tie-up, Ms Banerjee said both the parties have no work except to spread lies and canards.
“Congress has no capability on its own. It is going to all states and forging alliances and strengthening its base,” she said.