Kolkata: Leader of Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly Abdul Mannan on Wednesday described Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s advocacy of good Centre-state relation as an example of ‘desperation’ to patch up with the BJP following its stunning performance in the UP poll.
Mannan, who returned to the Assembly after a month, alleged that Banerjee was afraid that the BJP might use CBI and ED to corner the TMC in the state in the chit fund scams.
Mannan’s one-month layoff was caused by his hospitalisation on February five after he was taken ill while being forcibly evicted from the Assembly.
“It is hilarious that she is talking about good Center-state relation and of respecting opposition parties. I want to ask, does he respect the Opposition in Bengal? She and her party have been constantly poaching on the Congress and Left MLAs and other elected representatives,” Mannan said.
He alleged that leaders of opposition parties were regularly beaten up and harassed in the state, wondering how she could talk about good Centre-state relation.
Banerjee on Tuesday said that the Centre-state relation should be based on mutual understanding through the democratic decorum of respecting each other and that in a democratic set-up showing mutual respect was an important matter.