KOLKATA, April 2: With the West Bengal’s ruling Trimool Congress facing fire from the Opposition over the Kolkata flyover collapse incident that killed 26 people, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday asserted her government takes responsibility and acts in instances of “real injustice”.
“Our government is the common man’s government will never do anything to burden the common man. Our government is not CPI-M or Congress. We have the capacity to label injustice as injustice but if somebody lies and says ‘this is injustice’, then we do not accept that.”
“If Trimool Congress sees there has been real injustice, then it takes responsibility and corrects it. But if someone lies and makes something seem wrong then we do not believe in that act,” said Banerjee, also the Trimool supremo, at a poll rally in West Midpore ahead of the first phase of polls April 4.
At least 26 people died and 16 of 67 rescued, are in hospital with some of them battling for life, following the collapse of the under-construction Vivekanda Road flyover in north Kolkata’s market area Posta on Thursday.
The Bharatiya Jata Party sought a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe, calling the incident an “act of fraud protected by the West Bengal government” while Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, during his visit to Bengal on Saturday, alleged that Trimool leaders were involved in the construction of the collapsed flyover.
Meanwhile, hitting out at Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee said, “Some leaders from Delhi, who do not love Bengal, come down to the state during elections all of a sudden and go on talking in an unbridled fashion,” she added, “Do not listen to them. They have always ignored Bengal.”
Firing salvos at the CPI-M and Congress over their tie-up, Banerjee said both the parties have no work except to spread lies and cards.
“Congress has no capability on its own. It is going to all states and forging alliances and strengthening its base,” she said. She also took pot-shots at a local media house for participating in the nexus and misleading people. “Their owner is the chairman of this alliance. Reporters are not to blame. Sometimes that person (the owner) goes to Delhi and falls at the feet of BJP, the Congress and sometimes CPI-M. That person wants to acquire land from farmers through guns,” said Banerjee. (IANS)