Arun Jaitley slams opposition for backing Mamata, calls them ‘Kleptocrat’s Club’

Arun Jaitley.
Arun Jaitley. (File Photo: IANS)

Arun Jaitley
slams opposition for backing Mamata, calls them ‘Kleptocrat’s Club’

New Delhi,
Feb 5. Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday
slammed opposition parties backing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata
Banerjee
‘s ongoing sit-in protest against the Centre and called them the
“Kleptocrat’s Club” that “aspires to capture the reigns of
India”.

In a blog,
Jaitley hit out at Banerjee, dubbing her act as a “disproportionate over
reaction” aimed at projecting herself as a “nucleus” of
opposition parties.

“Mamata Banerjee’s disproportionate
over-reaction to the CBI wanting to interrogate the Kolkata Police chief has
flagged several issues for a public discourse. The most important being that a
Kleptocrat’s Club now aspires to capture the reigns of India,” he said.

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He said that
the West Bengal chit fund fraud was unearthed in 2012-13 and its investigations were handed over to the Central
Bureau of Investigation by the Supreme Court.

“If a police officer is required to be
interrogated, how does it become a ‘super emergency’, ‘assault on Federalism’,
or ‘destruction of Institutions?” he asked.

The senior
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said Banerjee’s strategy in inviting all
other opposition leaders to join her protest in Kolkata was to defocus from
other opposition aspirants for the highest office and to project herself as the
nucleus of India’s opposition.

“Her speeches attack Prime Minister
Modi but her strategy is aimed to defocus some of her other colleagues in the
opposition and hogging the centre stage,” he said.

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Justifying
the CBI action, he said the Constitutional framework clearly defines the
sharing of functions between the Centre and the state and does not permit an
overlap.

“There are Central agencies and
organisations which conduct legitimate investigation in states. Today the CBI
is being brutally prevented by physical force and detention of its officer from
investigating a crime legally within its jurisdiction, in the state of West
Bengal.

“It is a textbook illustration of a
state government assaulting federalism. Can a state government prevent the
Income Tax Department from collecting taxes? Can another state government
prevent the NIA from proceeding to arrest a terrorist located in the state? Can
the Enforcement Directorate be prevented from investigating or arresting a
smuggler or money-launderer physically located in a state?” he queried.

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Jaitley said
that if any of these was visible, it would be a case of the state assaulting
federalism.

“The prevention of a central
investigating agency discharging a function given to it by the Supreme Court is
a direct assault on federalism,” he said.

Slamming the
Banerjee’s supporters, he said they themselves were battling serious economic
improprieties, criminal misconduct and even corruption allegations.

“Can ‘new India’ be ever run by this
Kleptocrat’s Club?.

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“Most of them, or their affiliates are
today being investigated, prosecuted and in some cases have also been convicted
for crimes of corruption. Her ally from Bihar represents the party of the
convicted. The friend from Andhra Pradesh runs a party of contractors,
‘thekedaars’ and money-launderers.

“Her two friends from Uttar Pradesh
represent the scandalous legacy of corruption. Her anarchic brother from the
Delhi government is at his wits end because the penny stock companies of his
ministerial colleagues have been found out,” he said referring to
opposition leaders: Rashtriya Janata Dal’s Lalu Prasad, Andhra Pradesh Chief
Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Bahujan
Samaj Party supremo Mayawati and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

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Continuing
his attack, Jaitley slammed Congress President Rahul Gandhi for
“shoulder-to-shoulder” support to the scamster.

“This somersaulter belongs to the
first family of the Congress where most members of the family are on
bail.”

He said
India cannot afford instability because position is going in for a
non-ideological short-lived coalition.

“It has also been argued that the
choice in the next Election will be either Modi Vs. Chaos or Modi Vs. Anarchy.

“Mamata Banerjee’s latest acrobatics
are the best evidence of the kind of governance India’s opposition can
provide,” he said.

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The
stand-off between the Centre and the West Bengal government entered its third
day on Tuesday as Banerjee continued her sit-in against the Narendra Modi
government accusing it of misusing central agencies.

क्या यह ख़बर/ लेख आपको पसंद आया ?
कृपया कमेंट बॉक्स में कमेंट भी करें और शेयर भी करें ताकि ज्यादा
लोगों तक बात पहुंचे

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