Kolkata, September 18
Newly-appointed Bengal Congress chief Adhir Chowdhury on Friday challenged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to have interaction in a debate with him on the rise of the BJP within the state and causes that led to its ascent, whereas asserting that “wild allegations” that his social gathering joined palms with the saffron camp are “bereft of truth”.
Claiming that Banerjee was the “biggest agent of the BJP” in Bengal, he identified that many TMC MPs had skipped voting on the Citizenship Amendment Bill in Parliament.
“I challenge the TMC supremo (Mamata) to a debate on the rise of the BJP in Bengal and reasons leading to it; do you have the guts to accept it?” he stated in a video message.
“I came to know the TMC has alleged in Delhi that the Congress joined hands with the BJP in Bengal, and regional outfits do not trust the grand old party. Before hurling stones at Adhir Chowdhury, I urge you (Banerjee) to ask your leaders to look at themselves in the mirror,” he stated.
The five-time Bahrampur MP stated the timing of the allegation was “interesting” because it was made quickly after he was made the president of West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee.
“They are making such malicious allegations as they know that Adhir Chowdhury will not work in accordance with their diktat,” he said.
Chowdhury, who can be the Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, sought to know why the state’s ruling social gathering MPs had skipped voting on the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB).
“If Didi (Mamata Banerjee) had ordered them to vote against the CAB, would any of her party MPs have had the guts to remain absent?” he contended.
All regional events within the nation know nicely that the Congress is the “only option” to combat the BJP, the veteran chief maintained.
“Just as a result of the TMC supremo together with another states opposed the GST problem, it doesn’t imply that regional events will settle for her because the all-India chief of their combat in opposition to the saffron camp.
“It is because the Congress put pressure on the BJP government at the Centre, the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan was introduced for returnee migrant workers,” Chowdhury claimed.
Lakhs of migrant staff who returned to Bengal as a result of lockdown at the moment are going again to their locations of labor, having acquired no reduction or work in their very own state, he stated.
“Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said 11 lakh migrant workers returned to Bengal. The state, however, did not gain anything from the Rs 50,000-crore project (Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan), the benefits of which were reaped by Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Odisha,” the senior Congress chief added. PTI