Ridiculing BJP President Amit Shah for questioning the state government on central funds and political violence, Trinamool Congress Secretary General Partha Chatterjee on Tuesday accused the BJP of spreading corruption in the states.
“During note-bandi (demonetisation), BJP stacked up cash and brought land in different places. They are totally corrupt. They have spread corruption in every state. They bring religion into everything. Children are being handed arms. This is not how a political party functions,” Chatterjee told reporters here.
He said the “dictatorship of BJP” was “dangerous for the masses”.
Chatterjee’s comments came hours after the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) chief, now in the city on a three-day visit, accused the state of misusing central funds and lacking behind in terms of overall development. He also alleged that the Trinamool had unleashed “unprecedented violence” on BJP activists.
Countering Shah, Chatterjee said: “Why did the centre stop sending money to Bengal?”
“We want to tell Amit Babu, your tactics of closed door politics and divide and rule policy show you don’t have faith in democracy. They want to stop development in Bengal. Like CPI-M used to say that it is being run from Alimuddin Street (that houses their state party headquarters), BJP is running from Amit Shah’s pockets.”
He also accused the ruling party at the centre of getting involved in violence.
“Amit Shah is being misled by party leaders in Bengal. He has said nowhere else does one see so much political violence.
“In Uttar Pradesh, before the elections there was so much of violence. Who were the actors in Gujarat riots? ….. I ask who is Ram Rahim? How many people died in that incident? So much of property was wasted,” Chatterjee asked.
The conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on rape charges late last month triggered rampage and deaths at Panchkula and other places in Haryana, which is governed by the BJP.