The Telegraph
Wednesday , June 11 , 2014
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Trinamul salvo at BJP

New Delhi, June 10: Trinamul Congress MPs targeted the BJP in the Lok Sabha today, seeking to play the main Opposition and intervening repeatedly when a member of the ruling party rose to speak.

Rajiv Pratap Rudy hit back, saying he knew why the Trinamul members were “concerned”.

The face-off came a day after Mamata Banerjee lectured a Left delegation in Calcutta on how to keep the BJP in check in Bengal.

The Trinamul MPs were the first to rush into the well of the House when a Shiv Sena member spoke about Bal Thackeray’s forecast about the saffron flag fluttering from the Red Fort. “BJP sarkar murdabad. Shiv Sena murdabad…” the MPs shouted, demanding that the Sena MP’s comment be expunged.

Trinamul member Saugata Roy launched the attack when Rudy rose to move the motion of thanks to the President’s address yesterday that outlined the Narendra Modi government’s vision. When Rudy said Modi had travelled over 3 lakh kilometres while campaigning, Roy remarked: “Plane kiska tha (whose aircraft was it)?”

Kalyan Banerjee and Sultan Ahmed then went all out. “How much money was spent by Adani and Ambani?” they asked.

Rudy said Trinamul was scared because the BJP’s vote share had gone up in Bengal. “I know why you (the TMC MPs) are concerned…. In Bengal, the BJP’s share was 6.14 per cent and now it has… become 16.8 per cent. The voters are giving some indication….”