New Delhi, Nov 27: The way young BJP MP Anurag Thakur blasted the Trinamool Congress (TMC) over the Saradha chit fund scam in the Parliament on Thursday, it shows the party hardly has any leader to match the 'firing skills' of its supremo Mamata Banerjee to retaliate at adversaries. [Saradha and terror link has ended Bengal's isolation in national politics]
Thakur, an MP from Himachal Pradesh, took on a number of leaders of the TMC, including chief Mamata Banerjee, raising charges of corruption and betraying with the nation. TMC's Young Turk Abhishek Banerjee, the nephew of the West Bengal chief minister, tried to reply but couldn't last long. Even veteran parliamentarians of the TMC failed to put up a resistance to Thakur, whose Blitzkrieg clearly impressed his own party seniors.
Thakur's counter-attack strategy proved too hot for the TMC MPs who had plans to corner the BJP government over the issue of bringing back black money from abroad. Thakur kept on targetting one TMC leader after another, including state minister Madan Mitra who evaded the CBI's summon last week on grounds of illness. He was released from the hospital on Thursday.
Thakur, also a BCCI official, attacked Mamata Banerjee over the sale of her paintings for Rs 1.86 crore. He also took on the party over the alleged link between one of its Rajya Sabha MPs and Islamist outfits in Bangladesh. He also questioned where were Kunal Ghosh and Srinjoy Bose, two other Rajya Sabha MPs of the TMC who have been arrested in connection to the chit fund scam.
When the TMC members tried to put up a defence saying why members of Rajya Sabha were being dragged into the Lok Sabha, Thakur said even members of the Lok Sabha were related to the scam, mentioning MP Satabdi Roy, who was allegedly the brand ambassador of the Saradha Group.
Trinamool clearly lacks a Mamata-like presence in the Parl to take on opponents
On Thursday, the TMC MPs protested over black money in the Lower House by displaying black umbrellas. Parties like the Congress and Samajwadi Party also backed them. But when the Saradha issue came up, none came forward to support the TMC.
Observers felt the BJP paid the TMC back in its own coin. During her days as the Opposition leader, Banerjee used to bring up state issues in the Lok Sabha to target the previous Left Front government. The BJP id doing exactly the same now.