Kolkata: As expected, in his first public appearance, as BJP leader, the former Trinamool MP Mukul Roy, attacked on Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of Bengal and TMC founder, but on his line of attack was also chief minister’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee. He also used dengue outbreak as failure of healthcare in state and tried to maintain that it was Mamata and other party members who had deeper role in Sharda chit fund case.
The former blue eyed boy of TMC supremo, did all the predictable brick-batting at her. Roy, even went on to demand a new poribortan or change. He even predicted that the much professed change would come with BJP coming into power in Bengal in 2021.
The rally, at Shahid Minar, the customary place for allpolitical gathering in Kolkata. Call it coincidence or pre-planned, Roy’s rally clashed with the inaugural programme of the 23rd Kolkata International Film festival.
Roy used the opportunity to attack Mamata, and said, “People are dying because of dengue and the CM is busy with the naachgaan (Film Festival).”
He further stated that the super speciality hospitals in all districts of Bengal, lack proper infrastructure. “This year, dengue outbreak has proved how helpless Bengal healthcare department is. Over 80 people have died because of dengue, so far.”
The 63-year-old former Rajya Sabha MP said that no industrialist is coming to Bengal. “Farming and industry are like Hashi and Khushi. Hashi has gone down and there is no sight of Khushi. Not a single investment has taken place in Bengal so far.”
He further alleged that Banerjee was using her police force to harass BJP party workers. “Police is detaining political leaders for opposing the government. We want total democracy in Bengal. I have every right to have political freedom and so does everyone,” he claimed.
Roy said during the FIFA U-17 football tournament the government said that it was sponsored by Biswa Bangla. “What is Biswa Banga? It is not a government entity but a private company which is owned by Abhishek Banerjee.”
He added that ‘Jago Bangla’ is the official mouthpiece of Trinamul Congress. But it is actually a private company owned by Abhishek Banerjee. “As the Trinamul Congress has turned into a private company, I left the party.”
Roy also made allegations against an artist from Bengal and against general secretary of Trinamul Congress for their alleged involvement in Sharda chit funds.
BJP leader Rahul Sinha said that he has lodged a complaint with police for defaming him, saying he had held meeting with a tainted Trinamool leader.
State BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said that Mamata is a queen, who specialises in breaking political parties. During the rally, he seemed to warn her by saying, “Many of your councillors, panchayat leaders are from other parties. The work was done by Mukul Roy but now, he is our party’s coach.”