Abhishek Banerjee had called Amit Shah India’s biggest Pappu after hours-long questioning last week in the coal smuggling case.
Abhishek Banerjee explained why he made the remarks about Amit Shah (File)
With his party workers and leaders distributing t-shirts with Amit Shah’s face and the caption “India’s biggest Pappu”, Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee explained why he made the remarks about the Home Minister.
Banerjee, who is facing probes by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for his alleged involvement in the cattle smuggling scam, had referred to Amit Shah as India’s biggest Pappu, after hours-long questioning last week. However, he did not, at that time, say what led to the accusation.
Today, while addressing TMC workers in Bengal, Abhishek Banerjee listed why he made the statement against the BJP stalwart.
“I called Amit Shah the biggest pappu because there are reasons,” Banerjee announced at the public meeting.
“Look at Delhi’s crime rate. Kolkata has the lowest crime rate, your own agency said. But the Delhi Police is under the Home Ministry,” Banerjee claimed.
“You (Amit Shah) teach nationalism to everyone. But your son has an issue holding the national flag. Teach him first,” Banerjee announced – a reference to Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah not waving the Indian flag during a cricket match in Dubai.
The Trinamool leader also attacked the Shah over the use of central agencies on political opponents and not against BJP leaders who are allegedly involved in financial irregularities.
“The ED and the CBI shelter people who take bribes. Agencies don’t question people who were seen taking bribes on camera,” he said.
The Trinamool Congress has for long accused the ruling BJP of misusing central agencies against political rivals in states where the BJP is not in power. Recently, several Trinamool leaders have been arrested and many arrested by the agencies over corruption charges.
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