(IANS) With the West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool 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 Trinamool 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 Trinamool supremo, at a poll rally in West Midnapore 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 Vivekananda Road flyover in north Kolkata’s market area Posta on Thursday.
The Bharatiya Janata 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 Trinamool leaders were involved in the construction of the collapsed flyover.
Banerjee hit out at Gandhi.
“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 said, adding: “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 canards.
“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.