Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee – newly promoted as General Secretary – took a swipe at the BJP Monday over its use of the “dynasty” tag in attacks on him and his status within Bengal’s ruling outfit.
He mocked them for being “rattled” by his appointment and not practicing what they preached ; he said they hadn’t passed a law on the topic because they were “importing dynastic turncoats”.
“You ran a campaign on ‘dynasty’. People gave you an answer. I want to tell the BJP… sometimes a dynasty is better than being nasty,” Mr Banerjee said, referring to an election campaign littered with crass comments, personal attacks and sexist swipes.
“I don’t want any ministerial berth for the next 20 years. Can Jay Shah (Home Minister Amit Shah’s son, who was appointed BCCI Secretary in 2019) say the same about his BCCI post?” he asked.
Abhishek Banerjee – who is Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew – was named the Trinamool’s General Secretary yesterday, in a move widely seen as reward for having played a key role in planning the party’s emphatic win over the BJP in the April-May Assembly election.
A vocal voice during campaigning, he was targeted by senior BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, with cries of “tolabaj bhaipo“, or “extortionist nephew”, as they doubled down on accusations of nepotism and nepotism-linked corruption.
A furious Mr Banerjee responded saying he would “walk to the gallows if found guilty on any charge”. He also mocked the BJP for criticising ‘dynastic politics’ but refusing to pass laws against it, saying that was because their own leaders were guilty of the charge.
At today’s press conference Mr Banerjee dared the BJP to pass a law banning ‘dynasties’ in politics.
“You say Trinamool does not have presence outside Bengal… and then get rattled by my appointment. I request Amit Malviya (the BJP’s social media chief) to drive to his bosses’ homes in Lutyens Delhi and bring a bill that stops dynastic politics,” he declared.
“You people import dynastic turncoats. If you bring a bill on this, I will be the first to resign…” he added.
He also took a swipe at governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, who continued his long-running feud with the Trinamool by exchanging barbs with Lok Sabha MP Mahua Moitra on Sunday and today.
“You are a governor, you cannot differentiate between BJP and Trinamool. You have started attacking the Chief Minister within hours of her taking oath. This is not done,” he said, referring to a series of tweets over the past days attacking Ms Banerjee for “retributive post-poll violence”.
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