New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday mounted a sharp attack on West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress alleging Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi "are two sides of the same coin" and a vote for one is a vote for the other.
"A vote for Didi Is a vote for Modi and vice versa", party's chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala said in a joint statement with party leader Sharmishtha Mukherjee ahead of the third phase of assembly poll in the state on Thursday.
They alleged that 'Poribartan' (change), the plank on which TMC had won the previous assembly poll in 2011, has "become a defining word for '3 Cs' -- 'Corruption', 'Criminalisation' and 'Communalism' under the watch of Mamata Banerjee".
"No wonder, the electorate of West Bengal find no difference between 'Modi' and 'Didi', both being two sides of the same coin centered around 'phony marketing', 'spurious self-promotion' and 'falsehood of Achhe Din or Poribartan'", they said.
Citing several instances, they also claimed that 'Didi' and 'Modi' are on the same pedestal when it comes to curbing dissent and using the might of the state to run down opponents.
They alleged that law and order is the "biggest casualty in West Bengal with police having no authority to arrest even ordinary criminals under TMC protection and instead police are being assaulted regularly by TMC-supported goons and criminals."
"TMC finds itself at the centre of the whopping Rs 2460 crores 'Saradha scam' which sunk the deposits of nearly 17 lakh innocent investors, he said. Will Ms Mamata Banerjee answer why seniormost TMC leaders/MPs/Ministers have been arrested or questioned in the scam including TMC MPs", he said.