Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee on Monday (April 25) told the audience in an election rally in South Kolkata that if they thought she is a thief, they may choose not to give her their votes. "We will not be there if the people don't want us," Banerjee said. Canvassing support for the local party candidate Monish Gupta, a former chief secretary and the state's power minister now, Banerjee said people can vote for him since he is not a thief.
The chief minister has clearly been rattled by the "Choreder sarkar, ar nei dorkar" (we don't need the thieves' government) slogan which has been raised against her party, feels the Opposition. A number of leaders, ministers and MPs of the TMC have been accused in the Saradha chit-fund scam and the more recent Narada sting operation, posing a serious threat to Banerjee' bid for the second successive term in office.
In another rally a few days ago, Banerjee said she could have given a thought to selection of her party's candidates had the Narada sting operation came to the fore earlier. She said once the candidates were selected, she did not have much to do. According to the Opposition, the TMC supremo has been unsettled by the Narada sting operation issue and she is confused between who is a thief and who is not. In Monday's rally, Banerjee also urged the people not to allow the "murderers" to power.