As the Centre contradicted Amit Shah’s claim that Saradha chit fund scam money was routed to Bangladesh for terror activities, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today hit back at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief saying “some people think they can say anything they want”.
“I never speak without evidence. I know my boundaries. Some people think they can say anything they want, just because a section of the media is supporting them,” Banerjee said in an apparent reference to BJP president Amit Shah’s claim that Sardah chit fund money was used in the October two Burdwan blast.
Shah told a rally on November 30, “Saradha chit fund money was used in the Burdwan blast. The NIA is not being allowed to probe the blast properly. Hurdles are being created. It is being done in order to save TMC leaders who are involved in the blast.”
The chief minister said after inaugurating development projects for north Bengal, “We do not need money of chit funds. We arrested the kingpin of chit fund.”
“Catch me if you can… The surge of development will continue. I am a fighter. I will keep fighting. Counter me politically if you can,” Banerjee, Trinamool Congress chief, asserted.
“Amake chamkale ami gorjai. Amake dhamkale ami borshai” (I roar if I am threatened. And if anybody tries to browbeat me then I pour out,” she said.
“We are working for the betterment of people. People have elected us (to power) and our accountability is before the people,” she said.
Union Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh told the Lok Sabha in a written response today, “The investigation has so far not revealed any such transaction where money was routed to Bangladesh to fund terrorist activities.”
Hitting out at a section of the media, which, she said, was constantly spreading canards to put her government in bad light, Banerjee told the rally, “Just like you should never eat adulterated food, you should also avoid adulterated news.”
“Some shops sell bad food. Some shops sell good food. Similarly, some sections of the media sell bad news. We work for the people. They have voted me to power. I am accountable to the people,” she said.