Kolkata, Nov 28: Leader of Opposition in West Bengal assembly Surjya Kanta Mishra on Thursday caused more discomfort for the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) by asking who will be the chief minister if incumbent CM Mamata Banerjee went to the jail. [Mamata Banerjee's many battles: We ask her 3 questions]
CM Banerjee, who has faced strong criticism over her party's alleged connection with Saradha chit fund scam, recently told in a TV interview that if she was found guilty in the case, she would quit the chief minister's post.
Mishra, according to a report published in Ananda Bazaar Patrika, said they were hearing that the assembly would be in session soon and it would not be surprising if the CM calls for its dissolution.
The CPI(M) leader, who was addressing a rally here in Kolkata, also asked why Banerjee was still not summoned by the CBI. The central investigative agency has arrested two Rajya Sabha MPs of the TMC in connection to the case, leaving Banerjee fuming.
The Oppon leader said they don't want the CM to keep an escape route ready
Mishra also cited the example of J Jayalalithaa, the AIADMK chief who lost her chief ministership after being convicted in a 18-year-old corruption case. Jayalalithaa's close aide O Pannerselvam took over the chief minister of Tamil Nadu. The Opposition leader said they wanted to see who would take over as the CM if a similar story unfolds in Bengal.
The TMC reacted by saying that Mishra's claims were baseless.
But Mishra certainly has created a flutter in the ruling camp.