Send Shiv Sena MLAs to Bengal, will extend good hospitality: Mamata Banerjee

She criticised the BJP for trying to "topple" the Maharashtra government.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the ongoing crisis in Maharashtra and trying to “topple” the state government there in what she said was in an “unethical and unconstitutional” manner. She said that the BJP had deliberately decided to “disturb” the Maharashtra government just ahead of the presidential elections in the country.

“It is unfortunate that the federal structure of the country has been totally demolished by the BJP-led Centre. They are attempting to topple the Maharashtra government in an unethical and unconstitutional manner,” Banerjee said at a press conference at Nabanna. She said it was “shocking” and demanded “justice for the people, the electoral mandate and for Uddhav Thackeray”.

BJP though has earlier said that it is not involved in this, and it’s an “internal matter of the Shiv Sena”.

The rebel MLAs first flew to Surat in BJP-ruled Gujarat and then they were flown to Guwahati, in another BJP-ruled state, Assam. The MLAs are in a hotel in Guwahati since Wednesday. Trinamool Congress had earlier staged a protest outside the Guwahati hotel saying the state government there had done nothing for the flood-hit people but were using its resources for the MLAs.

Banerjee today said that the BJP could send the MLAs to Bengal instead, and they would be extended good hospitality. “Why are you disturbing the Assam government when they are facing floods? Send them to Bengal and we will extend good hospitality and take care of democracy too,” Banerjee said.

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