New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee were "two sides of a coin" as they were both "dictatorial", Congress today said attacking the ruling parties at the Centre and the state and claimed that they have reached a tacit understanding.
The opposition party also targeted Arun Jaitley, who has been in the forefront of the NDA government's campaign to highlight its achievements, saying the Union Finance Minister "is the most effective spinner in Indian politics".
"Modi and Mamata are the most trusted friends of each other and both show similar traits," Congress leader Jairam Ramesh told a press conference here. "Modi and Mamata are two sides of a coin, both are dictatorial," he said presenting a report card on the BJP government's one year in power at the Centre.
"When he came to power, Modi had talked of maximum governance and minimum government, but just one year later we find it is maximum arrogance and one-man government," Ramesh said. "This is a mirror image of the situation in Bengal and that is why they (Modi and Mamata) are together," he claimed.
Both Modi and Banerjee had made no-holds barred attacks on each other during the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and till recently did not see eye to eye. The Prime Minister and Banerjee, however, shared dais during his recent visit to the state and Modi praised her at public functions during the visit. They also held a meeting at the Raj Bhawan here.
In a scathing attack on Jaitley, Ramesh said, "He is the most effective spinner in Indian politics. Jaitley is more than the combined force of finest spinners Indian cricket has ever produced." "When Jaitley says that there is no understanding between Trinamool Congress and BJP, I am assured that the opposite is true," the former Union minister said.
He alleged that in the last two-three months there has been a lull in the investigation into the Saradha chitfund scam, which is being handled by the CBI....