Congress president Sonia Gandhi continued her tirade against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday, reiterating that the Trinamool Congress chief was “hand in glove” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the two were backing each other in Parliament.
Asserting that the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister were a “big threat” to democracy, Ms. Gandhi repeated that the Trinamool and the BJP were “two sides of the same coin”.
Ms. Gandhi attended a public meeting each in South 24 Parganas and Hooghly districts in south Bengal where 53 constituencies will go to the polls on Saturday.
“[Prime Minister] Modi and [Chief Minister] Mamata are hand in glove with each other. The Trinamool opposes the BJP in Bengal but supports it at the Centre,” Ms. Gandhi said in her first meeting in South 24 Paraganas. Accusing Ms. Banerjee of having a “covert understanding” with Mr. Modi, she said such an understanding was “big threat to Bengal”.
“The two arrogant forces are a threat to democracy,” Ms. Gandhi said. She stepped up her attack against Ms. Banerjee about an hour later in Hooghly, associating the Chief Minister with the BJP again.
“Without hesitation, I want to tell you that though the Trinamool and the BJP have put up separate masks, they are two faces of the same coin,” Ms. Gandhi said.
(With inputs from Shiv Sahay Singh)