Mr Shishir Bajoria, a prominent industrialist and the state executive member of the BJP, said the Trinamool leader is even dragging India’s untainted Army to controversies for political gains….writes Anas Azeez
A senior BJP leader accuses West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of emulating the ideas of former Pakistani dictator General Musharraf to undermine democratic institutions and defame Prime Minister Modi.
Mr Shishir Bajoria, a prominent industrialist and the state executive member of the BJP, said the Trinamool leader is even dragging India’s untainted Army to controversies for political gains.
“The chief minister is trying to divert attention from the impact of demonetisation on her party,” Mr Bhajoria told Asian Lite newspaper from London. “There is nothing wrong in protest. But there is a decorum to follow. The Army was forced to call a press conference to explain their routine activities. Procedures were followed before the exercise. But the chief minister is ignoring all the norms to attack Modi.”
The West Bengal chief minister has earlier threatened to force Prime Minister Narendra Modi to quit politics. She called him a dictator and playing with the lives of common man with his demonetisation policies.
“I appeal to everybody, take a vow — either I will die or live, but remove Modi from politics. There is no place for dictators like you, Modi babu. This is a democratic country,” the Trinamool supremo was quoted as saying at a rally in Kolkata.
Regarding the chief minister’s allegation behind a plot to put her life in danger by forcing her aircraft to hover over Kolkata for 40 minutes, the BJP leader said the chief minister is taking a leaf from General Musharraf’s coup to defame Modi and India.
“India is not Pakistan and our democratic institutions are much stronger than our troubled neighbour,” said Mr Bajoria. “The demonetisation has affected the beneficiaries of Saradha and Narada scams. There is no surprise that Trinamool leaders are in panic to criticise demonetisation.”
Mr Bajoria was in London to attend the launch of the third edition of Modi Doctrine, a collection of essays on Modi’s foreign policy. He was a panel member on a debate on Modi Doctrine at India House.