New Delhi: BJP leader and Union Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday made a rather sharp comment on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Irani said that the Supreme Court’s order that Kolkata police chief must cooperate with the CBI in its probe in Bengal ponzi scams, was “egg on her face.”
Mediating between the CBI and Bengal government, the Supreme Court ordered Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar to appear on February 20 before the investigating agency in Shillong. The top court also prohibited the agency from arresting Kumar, and after this verdict both the sides claimed victory.
“Only the people and nobody is the big boss of this country… Only democracy is the big boss of this country,” said Mamata Banerjee from Metro Channel, Kolkata, where she had been protesting since Sunday. She also said, “It is not my victory alone. It is a victory of the constitution, a victory of Save India.”
After that Smriti Irani addressed a press conference, where she said “With egg on her face, to celebrate it as a moral victory is a dichotomy available only to Mamata Banerjee’s realm of politics.”
“The political histrionics of Mamata Banerjee was brought to screeching halt by the Supreme Court. The political environment in West Bengal is not suitable. The Supreme Court gave its judgement keeping that in mind and directed Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to present himself in Shillong,” Irani was quoted as saying by PTI.
The West Bengal CM has called off her sit-in protest, “We are not stopping the fight, we are taking it to Delhi,” she announced, standing beside Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu at Esplanade, where she has been staging her protest for three days.
The BJP and the Mamata Banerjee have not been on good terms for months now. In 2018, BJP’s rathyatra, was blocked by the Bengal government, whereas on Sunday, the subject of disagreement was the CBI approaching Kumar’s house. The CBI team was stopped and detained for sometime.
(With inputs from PTI)