Mamata Calls Rebel Who Joined BJP ‘Mir Jafar’, Rival Party Says She Knows TMC Will Lose

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West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday lashed out at Trinamool Congress turncoat Rajib Banerjee throughout an election rally within the Domjur constituency, calling him “Gaddar Mir Jafar” and apologising to the individuals for letting him contest from the seat within the 2016 meeting polls. The previous TMC chief is a Bharatiya Janata Occasion candidate from the identical constituency this time. The saffron occasion responded to the CM’s remarks, saying she is aware of the Trinamool’s days in Bengal are numbered.

On the public assembly, Mamata additionally accused Rajib of malfeasance. “I got here throughout corruption fees towards him when he was the irrigation minister. It was some money-related concern. I instantly eliminated him from the ministry,” she mentioned, alleging that Rajib had then requested her to maneuver him to a different division so he may preserve getting cash.

Domjur in Howrah district may have polling within the fourth of eight phases of the meeting elections, on April 10. Counting will happen on Might 2.

“I want to apologise earlier than the individuals of Domjur for giving tickets to a ‘Gaddar Mir Jafar’ (a commander of Bengal’s nawab Siraj-ud-Daulah’s military who betrayed him earlier than the British) like Rajib Banerjee within the final meeting Polls. It was my mistake as I did not establish his true colors. Now he’s asking for votes from the individuals right here in Domjur. First, he ought to make clear to the individuals in Domjur what number of properties he owns in Kolkata and in Dubai. From the place did he get the cash?” she mentioned.

Domjur MLA Rajib Banerjee was the minister holding the irrigation and waterways portfolio within the TMC authorities from 2011 to 2018, after which tribal affairs and backward courses from 2018 to 2019. Later, he grew to become the state forest minister.

His discord with the occasion began across the finish of final 12 months when he alleged that the TMC was selectively sidelining some occasion leaders over points like corruption and nepotism whereas these near the ‘larger powers’ have been allowed to do no matter they needed to.

The legislator mentioned he has nothing private towards anybody and his grievances are over sure points and leaders associated to nepotism and corruption within the TMC.

“Let the TMC leaders say no matter they need. Individuals will resolve on April 10 (the day of polling in Domjur)… I do know they won’t disappoint me,” he informed the media on Thursday.

On January 22, Rajib resigned from Mamata’s cupboard and claimed that he needed to give up the occasion in 2018 after he was eliminated, with none session, from the state irrigation division. He joined the BJP in New Delhi on January 31.

Round 45 of the over 280 candidates the Bharatiya Janata Occasion has fielded within the polls for the 294-member legislative meeting are defectors, most of them from the TMC who have been refused tickets.

Mamata had at one other rally accused him of malpractice in appointing a number of ‘Bana Sahayaks’ (forest assistants) and mentioned that an investigation has already been initiated towards him.

Reacting to Mamata’s accusations towards Rajib Banerjee, BJP state vice president, Jay Prakash Majumdar mentioned, “It’s attention-grabbing to listen to that so many issues occurred in her ministry and, as per her at this time’s claims, she was clueless. I’m simply questioning concerning the timing of her allegations. She is aware of that the TMC’s days are numbered in Bengal and so she is making such allegations.”

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