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One lakh of your workers will go to jail: Mamata warns BJP


Budget 2018, West Bengal Chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, Arun Jaitley, Narendra Modi

Malda (West Bengal): In a fierce attack on the BJP, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday accused the party of “maligning” her state and using obscene language against her.

She said if even one of her party workers is sent to jail, a lakh of BJP workers will be put behind bars in the state.

“I want to know one thing from the BJP. I want a clarification. I am a citizen of this country and I have every right to know. A BJP leader from Indore for the last two days has been saying that on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s instructions, (Trinamool MPs) Tapas Pal and Sudip Bandyopadhyay were arrested and others will be arrested. Is he God or Allah? Is he CBI chief or director? Or has the PM whispered these things in his ears,” Banerjee said here in an apparent reference to BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya.

“I dare them… if you send anyone from Trinamool Congress to jail, then the people will send one lakh of your workers to jail,” she said at a public meeting here.

The Trinamool Congress supremo lashed out at the BJP, which claimed on Wednesday that tribal couple Raju and Geeta Mahali were abducted and forcibly made to join the Trinamool.

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“Yesterday (Wednesday), the party went on abusing us all day. Even their ministers are abusing us. They are saying there is ‘reckless violence’. What words? I told (Trinamool spokesperson and Rajya Sabha leader) Derek O’Brien ‘what is this?’ In Bengal, people are at peace and are happiest; there is no injustice, no trouble; They (BJP) have no work and are slandering the state. I am telling the Delhi leaders, if anyone maligns the state then there will be no bigger enemy than me,” Banerjee said.

“The tragedy is that for many years West Bengal is a victim of fear and violence under the Left parties. Now, it is a victim of fear and reckless violence of the TMC,” Union Law Minister and senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad had said in New Delhi.

Banerjee also flayed a BJP leader who compared her to an “eunuch.”

“I saw on TV. I am ashamed to say that he was saying ‘Is Mamata Banerjee a woman, or a man, or a eunuch?’. Just imagine. This is the language they are using. I am ashamed that I was born here. So much audacity and arrogance they have. How dare they question my birth, my mother, my father, my religion? How arrogant of them. Don’t listen to a word they say… humble them,” Banerjee said.

Addressing a street corner protest, Bharatiya Janata Party’s observer for West Midnapore district Shaymapada Mondal said on Sunday: “Today, you cannot understand whether Mamata Banerjee is a female or a male. Those who have been eunuchs in trains and buses, I will say our Didi (as Banerjee is called) has become an eunuch.”