Mamata Banerjee makes 'washing machine' jibe at BJP from dharna stage in Kolkata
Kolkata/IBNS: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday symbolically protested against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) using an outsized washing machine at her dharna stage in Kolkata.
Mamata was seen dropping black clothes inside the machine and picking up white ones suggesting the BJP's alleged double standards.
The Trinamool Congress and other opposition parties often accuse the BJP of sparing "corrupt leaders" when they join the saffron camp.
While Mamata was doing the act, her leaders were shouting, "Washing Machine, BJP."
Photography: Avishek Mitra/IBNS
Mamata sat on a 31-hour dharna, which began on Wednesday noon, at Red Road in downtown Kolkata protesting against the Centre's alleged delay in disbursement of funds, hike in LPG cylinder prices and use of probe agencies for political vendetta .
Slamming the BJP, Mamata on Wednesday said, "People are saying that I cannot participate in any protest. Those who cannot respect our mothers and sisters are lecturing us on the Constitution.
"I am a seven-time elected MP and four-time elected MLA. I have served as a two-time Railway minister, Coal Mines Minister, Youth Sports Minister, and Women and Child Development Minister. But they want to teach the Constitution to me?"
"I participated in a sit-in agitation earlier when they tried to arrest Rajeev Kumar. Jayalalithaa sat on a dharna as a Chief Minister while I am doing this protest under the party’s banner. If needed, I have the courage to sit outside the PM’s house for a dharna," the Trinamool Congress chief added.
Mamata along with her colleagues, her Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs will continue with her dharna till 7 pm on Thursday.
(Photography: Avishek Mitra/IBNS)