Smriti Irani's Savage Attack On Mamata Banerjee, "Egg On Her Face..."

Smriti Irani

Smriti Irani's Savage Attack On Mamata Banerjee, "Egg On Her Face..." (file image)

New Delhi: Smriti Irani, the leader of BJP launched a blistering attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday, saying that the Supreme Court's order that Kolkata police chief must cooperate with the Central Bureau of Investigation in its probe in Bengal ponzi scams, was "egg on her face".

The Top Court mediated between the CBI and West Bengal government and ordered the Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar to appear on February 20 before the investigating agency in Shillong. The court also barred CBI from arresting Mr Kumar.  Both the sides claimed victory, after the verdict.

"Only the people and nobody is the big boss of this country... Only democracy is the big boss of this country," Mamata Banerjee told reporters from the site where she had been protesting since Sunday. She added: "It is not my victory alone. It is a victory of the constitution, a victory of Save India."

Ms Irani addressed a press conference, after the comment. "With egg on her face, to celebrate it as a moral victory is a dichotomy available only to Mamata Banerjee''s realm of politics," she said.

"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," Ms Irani was quoted by PTI as saying.

The Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee has called off her sit-in protest, which turned Kolkata into the country's political capital for the last three days. Ms Banerjee announced "We are not stopping the fight, we are taking it to Delhi," standing beside her Andhra Pradesh counterpart Chandrababu Naidu at Kolkata's Esplanade, where she has been camping out.

The Bhartiya Janata Party and the West Bengal Chief Minister have been on collision course for months now. The duo also clashed over BJP's rathyatra, which was blocked by Ms Banerjee's government. The new political ruckus was created after the CBI had approached Mr Kumar's house. The team was stopped and briefly detained. But the incident enraged Ms Banerjee, who sat on a protest that lasted three days.

(With inputs from PTI)