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 folks for letting him contest from the seat within the 2016 meeting polls. The former TMC chief is a Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from the identical constituency this time. The saffron get together responded to the CM’s remarks, saying she is aware of the Trinamool’s days in Bengal are numbered.

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At the general public assembly, Mamata additionally accused Rajib of malfeasance. “I came across corruption charges against him when he was the irrigation minister. It was some money-related issue. I immediately removed him from the ministry,” she mentioned, alleging that Rajib had then requested her to maneuver him to a different division so he may preserve earning profits.

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

“I would like to apologise before the people of Domjur for giving tickets to a ‘Gaddar Mir Jafar’ (a commander of Bengal’s nawab Siraj-ud-Daulah’s army who betrayed him before the British) like Rajib Banerjee in the last assembly Polls. It was my mistake as I failed to identify his true colours. Now he is asking for votes from the people here in Domjur. First, he should clarify to the people in Domjur how many properties he owns in Kolkata and in Dubai. From where did he get the money?” 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 get together began across the finish of final yr when he alleged that the TMC was selectively sidelining some get together leaders over points like corruption and nepotism whereas these near the ‘higher powers’ had been allowed to do no matter they needed to.

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

“Let the TMC leaders say whatever they want. People will decide on April 10 (the day of polling in Domjur)… I know they will not disappoint me,” he advised the media on Thursday.

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

Around 45 of the over 280 candidates the Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded within the polls for the 294-member legislative meeting are defectors, most of them from the TMC who had 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 in opposition to him.

Reacting to Mamata’s accusations in opposition to Rajib Banerjee, BJP state vice president, Jay Prakash Majumdar mentioned, “It is interesting to hear that so many things happened in her ministry and, as per her today’s claims, she was clueless. I am just wondering about the timing of her allegations. She knows that the TMC’s days are numbered in Bengal and so she is making such allegations.”

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