Kolkata, Dec 1: Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Abhishek Banerjee, who is the nephew of Chief Minister and party chief Mamata Banerjee, said on Sunday the latter would not respond to BJP chief Amit Shah's attack on her at a rally here. [Amit Shah takes a pause during Azan at Kolkata rally]
Banerjee said the chief minister is not in favour of rebutting Shah for she thinks the BJP president is not of her stature. [Countdown for TMC's departure has started: Amit Shah]
The chief minister cancelled her appearance in a rally organised by the TMC here on Monday.
Shah threw a direct challenge to Banerjee at the rally, saying his arrival in the state was aimed at overthrowing the corrupt TMC regime. He said Banerjee could see him standing at the rally, in reply to her indirect barb at Shah, asking who he was.
Shah accused Banerjee of creating obstacles in the way of investigation by the National Investigation Agency in the recent blast in Burdwan. He also said funds of Saradha chit fund were being used in the Burdwan blast but probe was being disrupted to shield TMC leaders allegedly involved in the blast. [Mamata creating obstacles for NIA probe, says Amit Shah]
Shah also announced his party's aim of getting West Bengal rid of the TMC in the next assembly election.