Ranchi, Sept 24: Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay on Monday accused former UPA ally, the Trinamool Congress (TMC), of betrayal and questioned its chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s efficiency to lead the state.
Interacting with reporters here, Sahay said, “She has betrayed the confidence of our high command (Sonia Gandhi). There is big question mark over the ability of Mamata Banerjee government to serve the state well. During her short period in office, things do not seem very positive.”
The TMC, the biggest partner of the Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, has pulled out over big-ticket economic reforms, reducing coalition to a minority government and bringing even more instability to an already volatile political landscape.
Hitting out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for politicising “baseless” issues and spreading “canards,” Sahay claimed the party would be exposed soon.
“The BJP has politicised baseless things, which is not associated with common people, such as Hindu, Hindutva, religion, communalism and now canards. They will be soon exposed. It will not last long,” he added.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) joined other parties both from left and right on September 20 in the nationwide strike to protest against five rupees hike in heavily subsidised diesel prices, capping of subsidised cooking gas cylinders to six annually and allowing foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail.
Further, Sahay cited the Delhi High Court’s 2010 judgment to assert that he was not associated with SKS Ispat, a company in dock for securing coal blocks through dubious means.
“In 2010, judgement was delivered. A fine of Rs. 2,50,000 was imposed (on the petitioner). I had no relationship with that company,” he said. (ANI)