Addressing media personnel in Kolkata on April 19, Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani took a dig at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and said she would “love to” her stance on triple talaq.

Speaking at BJP Headquarters in Kolkata, Irani said, “It is interesting, since I am addressing you in a state which is headed by a female chief minister, and when we talk about justice for all, I would love to hear what Mamata di has to say about triple talaq.

Irani though refused to comment on the CBI filing FIR against 12 TMC leaders in the Narada sting case and said it would be “improper” for a union minister to talk about an ongoing investigation.
Though she was quick to criticise Mamata for placing the blame of a CBI probe on the Narada sting case on BJP and said it is like ‘ulta chor kotowal ko dante’ (the guilty scolds the innocent)”.

On April 13 Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had also slammed Mamata Banerjee over her silence on the triple talaq issue. and asked, “Why is she quite”.

According to news reports, BJP is now trying to corner Mamata Banerjee over triple talaq issue as she can neither support it or oppose it, as both cases, will go against her.

Smriti Irani, who was in Kolkata to attend a party workers’ meeting, refused to comment further on this issue.

However, she was quick to slam Mamata for blaming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe against senior Trinamool Congress leaders in the Narada sting case. “All I want to say is Ulta Chor Kotowal Ko Datey (the guilty accusing the innocent),” Irani said.

When asked about Supreme Court’s ruling against LK Advani and other top BJP leaders in Babri Masjid demolition case, she said, “I will not like to make any comment on this. The party will decide.”

On rumours around a secret political understanding with TMC, Irani said, “Had it been the case, why are BJP workers beaten mercilessly here. There are people who are spreading such rumours. They have actually faded away and want to clutch on to the headlines with such conspiracy theories.”


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