Kolkata: A day after she expressed a willingness to work with arch rival CPI(M) on the Centre’s demonetisation of high-value currency notes, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday called the left party’s general secretary, Sitaram Yechury, urging him to wage a “united fight” against the BJP and its “anti-people policies”.
A senior CPI(M) leader, however, gave her a rebuff, describing the call as a “desperate call” to save her own party leaders who were allegedly involved in corruption.
“Yes, Mamata Banerjee called Sitaram Yechury and told him that all the opposition parties should come together to put up a united fight against the BJP. Yechury replied that since he was travelling, he could only comment on the matter after discussing it in the party,” CPI(M) politburo member Mohammed Salim said.
He described Banerjee’s phone call as a “desperate call” to save her party leaders who were involved in “corruption”. “What is the credibility of the TMC? How can they talk about fighting black money when her (Mamata’s) own party leaders are involved in the Saradha scam ,” Mr Salim said.