Giving the BJP a taste of its own medicine, the Trinamool Congress is filing cases against BJP leaders in Bengal. The ruling party has seen two of its top leaders - Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Tapas Pal - arrested by the CBI for their alleged involvement in the Rose Valley chit fund scam. Their arrests are seen as the Narendra Modi regime's payback to Mamata Banerjee for vociferously opposing demonetisation.
Two days ago, Trinamool leader Mitali Saha filed a complaint against BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha for making "controversial remarks" against Tapas Pal. Then, Mohua Moitra, a legislator of the ruling party, filed an FIR against Babul Supriyo for making "derogatory comments" on a TV show.
In fact, a complaint has even been lodged against the CBI officials who arrested Bandyopadhyay.
Next on target are the BJP's Bengal president Dilip Ghosh and its national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, according to a reliable source in the ruling party. Both of them have used allegedly derogatory language against the chief minister. Vijayvargiya, the source pointed out, had said a few days ago that Mamata was "psychologically upset" at the arrest of her partymen and that's why she was opposing Modi over demonitisation.
Asked about the FIR filed against him, Supriyo said it was a "blatant attempt to malign" him and his party, and claimed to have initiated a defamation case against Moitra.
Sinha said, "I'm not concerned about the FIR. The Trinamool is employing the government machinery to take political revenge on us." Arguing that the outrage over the use of allegedly derogatory language was merely an excuse to hound political rivals, the BJP leader asked why an FIR was not registered against Tapas Pal after he publicly threatened, a few years ago, to unleash his men to rape women supporters of the CPM."
A BJP leader who asked not to be named said his party would seek legal opinion on the complaints registered against its leaders and "go all out to fight against the Trinamool as far as criminal cases are concerned".