A defiant Derek O’Brien on Monday repeated his ‘butcher of Gujarat’ remark against NarendraModi, saying that the “blood of Gujarat” was still fresh in his hands. “Blood is still fresh in the hands of the butcher of Gujarat. If he makes personal attacks against (TMC chief) Mamata Banerjee, we can also ask tough questions,” the TMC leader said in an interview to CNN-IBN.
The TMC and the BJP have been at loggerheads ever since Modi took on Mamata at a rally in Serampore, West Bengal. During the rally, Modi accused Mamata of shielding the Saradha chit fund scam accused, alleging that she pocketed nearly Rs 2 crore from them in return for protection.
Sarcastically lauding Mamata’s talent for painting, Modi said, “Your paintings used to be sold for Rs 4 lakh, 8 lakh or 15 lakh, but what is the reason that one of your paintings sold for Rs 1.80 crore. I respect art. But who was the person who bought the painting for Rs 1.80 crore?” Modi asked, hinting that Mamata took money from the Saradha scam accused in exchange for protection.
The TMC dared Modi to prove the charges or else, apologise for the remarks against Mamata.
The BJP, however, hit back saying it is the TMC which has a lot to answer. “The TMC is now rattled in West Bengal by the huge support for Modi. It is the TMC which has much to answer (on where the money went),” BJP spokesperson NirmalaSeetharaman said.
The TMC has said it will move the Election Commission against Modi.