“Modi ji is going to be more powerful because of the Congress,” Trinamool Congress chairperson Mamata Banerjee said as she continued her attack on the Congress during her visit to Goa.
The West Bengal Chief Minister also accused the Congress of not being serious about politics. It was not taking decisions in time, she alleged.
“They did not take politics seriously. Modi ji is going to be more powerful because of the Congress... If one cannot make the decision, why the country should suffer for that. They [Congress] have got enough opportunities,” she stated.
This was the second day in a row that the she had targeted the Congress. Her criticismof the grand old party came on the day when Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was visiting Goa. Ms. Banerjee arrived in Goa on October 28. On October 30, she interacted with media persons and visited the Mapusa market and interacted with locals.
Ms. Banerjee noted that the Congress fielded candidates against her party in her State Assembly polls and one should not expect her to throw flowers at them. “Instead of the BJP, they contested against me in my State. When they contested against my political party in Bengal, how can they expect that we will shower flowers in return,” she remarked.
The Congress, along with Left parties and the Indian Secular Front, fielded candidates against the Trinamool Congress. It, however, did not field a candidate against Ms. Banerjee in the Bhabanipur bypoll on September 30.
‘Trojan Horse of BJP’
Reacting to her remarks, West Bengal Pradesh Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury observed that Ms. Banerjee was the “Trojan Horse” of the BJP.
“ Before August 20, the Congress was all good. What happened between August 20 and September 16 that the Chief Minister nephew [Abhishek Banerjee] came out of the office of the Enforcement Directorate and started targeting the Congress,” Mr. Chowdhury asked.
In July, during her visit to Delhi, Ms. Banerjee called on Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Mr. Gandhi.