West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee began a protest this weekend after a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team tried to question Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar about chit fund scams. She accused the Centre of attempting a "coup" in her state.
Mamata Banerjee's response to CBI action against the Kolkata Police chief shows how the opposition can be expected to govern, Union Minister Arun Jaitley says.
Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, sat on a dharna this weekend after a CBI team tried unsuccessfully to question Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar about chit fund scams.
She accused the Centre of attempting a "coup" in West Bengal, which sends the third largest contingent of MPs -- 42 -- to the Lok Sabha.
In a Facebook note published today, Arun Jaitley said Mamata Banerjee's "disgraceful and disproportionate" reaction was meant to project her as the "nucleus" of the opposition.
"Mamata Banerjee's latest acrobatics are the best evidence of the kind of governance India's opposition can provide," Arun Jaitley said.
He warned that a "Kleptocrat's Club" wanted to capture India's reigns and levelled serious allegations against top opposition leaders -- without naming any.
Example: "Her [Mamata Banerjee's] two friends from Uttar Pradesh represent the scandalous legacy of corruption."
No prizes for guessing that Arun Jaitley means Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati, the leaders of an alliance that will contest 76 seats in Uttar Pradesh in the general election.
"Curiously, the AICC President somersaulted his position from Saradha being a scam to shoulder-to-shoulder support to the scamster. This somersaulter belongs to the first family of the Congress Party where most members of the family are on bail."- Arun Jaitley on Rahul Gandhi
The opposition has rallied behind Mamata Banerjee in her face-off with the CBI, and several leaders who attended the Janaury 19 rally she held in Kolkata have spoken in support of her.
"Those who have lent support to the West Bengal dharna are those who are battling serious allegations of economic improprieties, criminal misconduct and even corruption," Arun Jaitley said. "Can 'New India' be ever run by this Kleptocrat’s Club?"