Mamata should quit UPA over corruption, price rise: BJP

Targeting its one-time ally the Trinamool Congress, the BJP on Tuesday challenged its chief Mamata Banerjee to quit the UPA on the issues of corruption and price rise.

Last Updated: Feb 15, 2011, 22:06 PM IST

Kolkata: Targeting its one-time ally the
Trinamool Congress, the BJP on Tuesday challenged its chief Mamata
Banerjee to quit the UPA on the issues of corruption and price
rise.

"If Mamata Banerjee thinks that the UPA is responsible
for price rise and corruption, she has to explain why she is
sitting in the government. If she has to fight these issues,
let her quit the government in Delhi and launch a campaign in
Bengal," BJP chief Nitin Gadkari said at a party rally.

Senior BJP leader LK Advani, without directly naming
Banerjee or her party, said, "How can faith be reposed on
someone who goes with one today and with another tomorrow?"

Claiming that corruption and price rise were rampant
under the UPA regime, Gadkari said that the Congress was
responsible for "looting the country".

He said Suresh Kalmadi, who as chairman of the
Organising Committee when the Rs 70,000-crore CWG scam was
unearthed, was being protected by a "godfather and godmother".

Gadkari claimed the `godfather` of A Raja, the former
Telecom minister who is facing probe in the Rs 1.76-crore 2G
spectrum scam, was "looting the country".

He claimed that Rs 60,000 crore of black money was
stashed away in foreign banks. "Why isn`t the government
publishing the names of those holding the money? (Union
Finance Minister) Pranab Mukherjee has said in an affidavit in
Supreme Court that publishing the names would be against the
interest of the country. Actually, it will be against the
interest of the Congress."

PTI