"She can always dream of becoming the PM - anybody can dream about it. But before dreaming of becoming PM, she should learn to fulfill her duties as chief minister. The state government has failed to provide security to women and common man," Congress MP and Union Minister Deepa Dasmunsi said. (Agencies)
"The dream of becoming PM should be kept aside and steps should be taken to provide security to the women. The incident of rapes and attrocities against women have become a daily affair in Bengal," said Dasmunsi on the sidelines of a hunger strike by Congress in demand of AIIMS hopsital in Raiganj, her constituency.
Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed Khan criticized Mamata Banerjee for her comment on 'ending monarchy' and said her knowledge about Indian history was weak as monarchy came to an end in 1947 with the end of British rule.
"What monarchy is she talking about? In India, it is democratic rule. But in this democratic rule if someone is trying to bring in monarchy and dictatorship, then it is Mamata Banerjee's government,” Shakeel said.
The Congress leader also took a dig at Mamata for not coming out clean on BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
"Mamata Banerjee is dreaming of becoming PM. She is yet to come out clean on Narendra Modi. Both Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh have praised Banerjee, everybody knows the meaning," Shakeel said.
Somen Mitra, who has recently defected from TMC, said "Even if Trinamool wins all the 42 seats I can't understand how she will play a deciding factor as the Lok Sabha consists of more than 500 seats."
Kick-starting her party's campaign for the LS election at a rally in Kolkata on 30th January, Mamata, who had shared power earlier with NDA and UPA at the Centre, attacked both saying, "We do not want dynastic rule, nor do we want a government of rioters at the Centre".
Renewing her call for a federal front of non-Congress and non-BJP political parties, the West Bengal CM had lashed out at BJP, saying that her party does not want 'a government of rioters' and announced that TMC would go it alone in the coming Lok Sabha election.
Dasmunsi said that Bengal is being perceived as a 'land of rape' because of such regular incidents.
"International news agencies are describing West Bengal as the land of rape. She is dreaming of becoming the Prime Minister. What does she want to do? Turn India into a land of rapes as has been done in the state?" Dasmunsi questioned.
"She can always dream of becoming the PM - anybody can dream about it. But before dreaming of becoming PM, she should learn to fulfill her duties as chief minister. The state government has failed to provide security to women and common man," Congress MP and Union Minister Deepa Dasmunsi said.