New Delhi: West Bengal State BJP President Dilip Ghosh made a controversial statement on Sunday about Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. He said that Mamata Banerjee misused the central resources and now wants to meet the Prime Minister so that she can beg for money with folded hands.
His remarks drew a sharp reaction from the ruling Trinamool Congress in the state and said that Dilip Ghosh should first understand the federal system under which the head of state can always meet the prime minister.
accused of emptying the state treasury
Dilip Ghosh alleged that Trinamool Congress members have withdrawn money from the state treasury and have now emptied it. When asked about Mamata Banerjee’s possible visit to Delhi, he said, “She (Banerjee) misused the funds allocated by the Center and now wants to meet the Prime Minister, to ask for money with folded hands as the state is in a way bankrupt. Already happened.”
Dilip Ghosh said that West Bengal is going through a financial crisis due to rampant corruption by the Mamata Banerjee government. “With the deteriorating economic condition of the state and the growing factionalism in the Trinamool Congress, Didi has realized that she will not be able to run the state till the Lok Sabha elections to be held in 2024,” he said.
TMC leader retaliated
Expressing surprise over the BJP state president’s assessment, Trinamool Congress spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said that he is known for his “goth-like” remarks. “Does he know about federalism, where the head of state can always meet the prime minister? Dilip da should first check the facts… Bengal’s revenue has increased under Trinamool Congress rule than before.”
Supporting Kunal Ghosh’s statement, state minister and Trinamool Congress MLA Chandrima Bhattacharya sought to know whether the Chief Minister had spoken to the BJP leader about the objectives of his visit.
It is noteworthy that Mamta Banerjee had said on Friday that the Prime Minister has given an appointment during her visit to Delhi in the last week of July but she did not give the date of this meeting.