Kolkata: A day after slamming the West Bengal government over faulty seating arrangement during new Governor VC Annada Bose’s oath ceremony, Suvendu Adhikari, the BJP MLA and Leader of Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly, has now claimed that the month of December would be a crucial game-changer in state’s politics. The firebrand Bengal BJP leader has claimed that the state`s “biggest thief” will be nabbed and put behind bars next month, in an apparent reference to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Adhikari’s acerbic remarks came 24 hours after BJP legislator Agnimitra Paul claimed that December will be a “crucial” month for state politics, as more than 30 Trinamool Congress MLAs are in constant touch with the saffron party.
Speaking to reporters outside the Raj Bhavan after meeting new Governor C V Ananda Bose, Adhikari said, “I am not saying that the state government will topple in December. But it is for sure that the biggest thief in the state will be nabbed and put behind bars in December. BJP does not want to come to power in the state through the backdoor. We will come to power after getting elected democratically with a popular mandate,” Adhikari said.
Adhikari also categorically rubbished the allegations made by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee that he was instigating the Centre to stop payment of central dues to the state.
“Had the state government followed the norms in spending the Central funds already provided to it, no one would have objected to the release of funds. Whatever objections I have raised are on the basis of solid evidence,” Adhikari said.
Mamata Vs Adhikari over Governor’s Oath Ceremony Seating Arrangements
Adhikari on Wednesday skipped Dr CV Ananda Bose`s oath-taking ceremony over faulty seat arrangements and termed state’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as the ‘most wretched politician ever born in India.’ In a series of tweets right before the oath-taking ceremony, the Bengal BJP leader made it clear that he would not attend it as he was made to sit next to MLAs Krishna Kalyani and Biswajit Das, who got elected on BJP tickets but later defected to the ruling TMC.
BJP`s Nandigram MLA Suvendu Adhikari alleged, “To print a postcard also, CM`s permission is needed in Nabanna (WB State secretariat). Company`s owner (WB CM) decided guest list & seating arrangement for Governor`s oath-taking ceremony. Only 2 MLAs who are officially with BJP but currently with TMC were invited.”
However, reacting to Adhikari`s comments later, Trinamool spokesman Kunal Ghosh asked how can a political person predict in advance what is going to happen. “His comments substantiate our stand that the Central agencies are operating as per the instructions of the BJP,” Ghosh said.
(With Agency Inputs)