Kolkata, July 18: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee has stirred a fresh controversy by saying that (Maoist) leader Koteswar Rao alias Kishenji was killed during the tenure of the TMC government in West Bengal.
Addressing a public meeting in Midnapore on Friday, Abhishek Banerjee said: “During the four-year rule (of the Mamata Banerjee-led government), only one person has died (in Jangalmahal). He is Maoist leader Kishenji. By killing him, the Mamata Banerjee government has proved that people will have the last word.”
Earlier on June 23, Mamata’s nephew had come under sharp criticism over his remark that those who dared to challenge the TMC administration will have their eyes gouged out and their hands chopped off.
Abhishek Banerjee had said: “In the heart of Delhi, in Parliament and through various protests, Mamata Banerjee and the TMC have proved that if the interests of the people of Bengal are hurt, we will not leave the matter.”
“As long as Mamata is there, if anyone dares to glare at us, we will gouge their eyes out and throw them on the road, if they raise their hands, we’ll cut their arms off,” he threatened.
The comments of Abhishek, who heads the youth wing of Trinamool Congress, had attracted severe criticism from the other political parties.
(With Agency Inputs)