The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday hit back at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for attacking the Centre on the issue of centrally sponsored schemes (CSSs), and alleged that the Trinamool Congress was opposed to transparency. "The central government is funding the schemes and has all the rights to ensure that they are effectively implemented and also prevent misuse of the funds. The Chief Minister is opposing this, because the Trinamool is opposed to transparency," West Bengal state BJP President Dilip Ghosh said.
Dubbing the Modi government "dictatorial", Banerjee on Saturday lambasted it for restructuring the centrally sponsored schemes and expressed strong reservation over the Centre's bid to "monitor the state treasury". "If the Chief Minister is so aggrieved, why isn't she taking legal recourse, the matter can be raised in parliament. Why is she politicising the issue by publicly attacking the Prime Minister," asked Ghosh.
"Whoever raises his voice against her, our Chief Minister brands him a Maoist, I am thankful that she hasn't done that to the Prime Minister," he said. The BJP leader also attacked Banerjee for ridiculing the Centre's foreign and Kashmir policies. "Banerjee says India is no more free under Modi, but we want to ask is Bengal free under the Trinamool? It's the terrorists and criminals who are calling the shots and the administration has been rendered a mute spectator." "Under Trinamool, Bengal is heading towards a law and order situation," said Ghosh.