Trinamool Congress (TMC) parliamentarian Abhishek Banerjee stated that he acknowledged criticisms by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah as “blessings”. He even launched a broadside against former party colleague Suvendu Adhikari, who the TMC defines as a “traitor”.
During an exclusive interview with News18 Bangla, Banerjee challenged his critics levelling corruption allegations against him to bring all evidence in the public domain. He was seen accusing the Centre’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of running a “misinformation” campaign in Bengal. He also rejected all the allegations of appeasement politics and stressed that the TMC will comfortably win the ongoing assembly polls.
The 33-year-old nephew of chief minister Mamata Banerjee has been under the flashlight this election season with the BJP launching a constant attack on him. The Diamond Harbour MP has been called him as a “tolabaaz bhaipo” (extortionist nephew) and Adhikari has accused him of neglecting others and running the TMC as a “private limited company”.
“It’s an ashirwad (blessing) for me that the PM of this country and the home minister begin their speeches by targeting me (without naming him),” Banerjee said.
Pointing out the “bhaipo” taunt, he said that he is someone’s nephew, someone’s husband, someone’s father and someone’s son. During the hour-long interview, Banerjee intensified his criticism of leaders who quit the TMC to join the BJP, especially Adhikari and Mukul Roy.
Banerjee also added that the BJP, who the TMC calls a party of outsiders, was trying to impose “north Indian culture” on Bengal. He said he wanted to work towards the strengthening of the party organisation. “I am not into the business of fortune-telling. I live one day at a time,” Banerjee said.