Kolkata: Faced with mounting criticism by BJP over Burdwan blast and other issues, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday accused the saffron party of "persistent character assassination, where even women are not spared".
"Surprisingly, it is noticed that BJP through their different networks are continuously engaged in making irresponsible comments, unparliamentary utterances and persistent character assassinations, where even women are not spared," Banerjee said in a post on social networking site Facebook.
"Such arrogance and irresponsible conducts remind us of the Emergency days. I do not want to see deterioration and demolition of the beauty of democracy," Banerjee said.
"One first needs to behave oneself and then guide others," she said.
"While tolerance is praiseworthy, it should not be misunderstood as weakness. Sometimes speech is silver, but silence is golden," the chief minister said.
"My political life is full of struggle and sacrifice. I was about to be killed on several occasions. I believe in fighting battle politically, not through character assassination. Even then, if someone wants to confront me, let them try.
"Love for motherland should come first before allegiance to politics or political parties".
"Again in politics, ethics, mannerisms and domain knowledge are key essentials. While tolerance is praiseworthy, it should not be misunderstood as weakness. Sometimes, speech is silver, but silence is golden", the chief minister said.
"I thought of sharing my feelings with my Facebook friends. One government may come and one government may go, but democracy of the country will remain forever. So let us first behave properly for the greater interest of the country and people at large", she said.