Mamata’s administrative skills suspect: Jaitley (Lead)

March 12th, 2011 - 7:45 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Kolkata, March 12 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party Saturday launched a broadside against the Trinamool Congress, questioning the administrative skills of its chief Mamata Banerjee and stressing that the party cannot escape the sins of the United Progressive Alliance, being its important member.

“Her (Mamata Banerjee) skills as an administrator are suspect. And the kind of support she has given to some Maoist groups is against national interest,” BJP leader Arun Jaitley said when asked how would Banerjee, who is the railway minister, fare as an administrator.

“The Trinamool Congress cannot deny its responsibility and escape the sins of the central government. Why were they mum when corruption issues like 2G and Commonwealth Games surfaced? The people want this answer. They stayed mum so that this government survives,” Jaitley, leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha, said while addressing block presidents of the BJP here.

The Trinamool Congress, with its 19 MPs, is the second largest constituent in the UPA after the Congress.

“They (TMC) will be a part of the union cabinet, enjoy each and every luxury but won’t take the responsibility of corruption charges. All these things cannot go hand in hand,” said Jaitley.

Jaitley also took a dig at the proposed alliance between the Trinamool and the Congress for the upcoming assembly elections in West Bengal.

“It is an alliance of negativity. It is an alliance based only on seat adjustment to defeat the Left Front in the state,” said Jaitley.

The Trinamool and the Congress, along with the smaller Socialist Unity Centre of India-Communist (SUCI-C), joined hands before the 2009 Lok Sabha election and bagged 26 of the state’s 42 seats, dealing a major blow to the Left Front that has ruled the state since June 1977.

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