Kolkata: BJP president Nitin Gadkari
on Wednesday dubbed the Trinamool Congress as a `silent partner` of
UPA and that party chief Mamata Banerjee was going `soft` on
it on corruption and price rise despite being a major ally.
"I fail to realise why Mamataji, known for her voice
against anything wrong, keeps a thunderous silence on
corruption of the UPA and does not utter even a word while the
Trinamool Congress is a silent partner," Gadkari told a
party rally here.
"I would like to ask Mamataji when she is quite aware
that UPA faces grave charges of corruption, why she is not
vocal against the Manmohan Singh government."
Stating that while the chief minister was up in arms
against CPI(M) and succeeded in removing it from power in West
Bengal, he said "how is she is maintaining friendship with the
corrupt UPA in Delhi?"
He also questioned why she did not demand that Union
Home minister P Chidambaram should not be spared of charges in
the 2G spectrum scam.
He said "Chidambaram should not be spared punishment
meted to A Raza, the former telecom minister, in the 2G scam.
I have no idea how long this drama will continue."
Gadkari slammed the UPA government `for its utter
failure` to arrest inflation, which had crossed 12 per cent,
far ahead of the inflation rate of Indonesia, Malayasia and
"Price rise of essential commodities has soared to a
new high, unprecedented in recent times, while the government
gropes in the dark. There is a trend all over the country to
loot which goes unchecked," he alleged.