Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Arvind Kejriwal Backs Mamata Banerjee, Attacks Modi For Vendetta Politics


Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal once again came out in support of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) calling the arrest of its MP Sudip Bandopadhyay in a chit fund scam case yesterday “vendetta politics” by the BJP.

The AAP leader took to Twitter today morning to say the arrest of TMC members was a vendetta for not supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation plan.

“This is vendetta politics of Modiji. His message is – Agar kisi ne notbandi ke khilaaf bola to chhodenge nahi (If anyone speaks against demonetisation, they will not be spared). Really deplorable,” Kejriwal wrote.
The tweet echoed what TMC chief Mamata Banerjee felt the previous day. She announced plans to hold pan-India demonstrations to protest the arrests.

“We will hold a demonstration in front of Kolkata RBI on January 9 and there will be dharnas in 10 states including Delhi, Assam, Odisha and Tripura on January 10 and 11,” she said yesterday.

She also called the BJP’s attitude “politically vindictive.” “We strongly condemn the politically vindictive attitude of Modi and Amit Shah. For no reasons arrests have been made. Only reason is Note Bandi,” Mamata said in a series of furious tweets after Bandopadhyay was taken into CBI custody.

The West Bengal chief minister and her Delhi counterpart have been campaigning vociferously against demonetisation since it came into effect last November. The two also joined forces during the Azadpur Mandi rally in Delhi, where they served the Centre an ultimatum to roll back the currency ban within three days.

Since then, TMC MPs Tapas Pal and Sudip Bandopadhyay have been questioned and subsequently arrested in connection to the Rose Valley ponzi scam case. Bandopadhyay had emerged as TMC’s spearhead in the anti-demonetisation campaign in New Delhi.