Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday blamed the traffic police constable on duty for seizing the license of the city mayor’s niece unnecessarily, saying she was only a little girl.
Banerjee told the Assembly that the mayor’s niece was a little girl and that there was a huge furore in the state about the incident in which the girl was allegedly driving in a drunken state and violated traffic rules on Friday night.
"Why was the girl’s driving license seized by the police?" the chief minister wanted to know and said that let there be a probe and law would take its own course.
She said that not all politicians were honest and noted that it was due to a few policemen that these things were happening, which were being witnessed everyday.
Everybody needs counselling and hope things would get resolved, she said.
Reacting on Mamata Banerjee’s statement on the issue, Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly Surjya Kanta Mishra said the Chief Minister herself required counselling first.
"She needs counselling first. I don’t know how can a child have a driving license," Mishra said.
He also flayed Banerjee for blaming the traffic police constable for seizure of the license of Kolkata Mayor’s niece unnecessarily.
"If those violating the law goes scot free like this, I don’t know how will it affect the confidence level of the police," the CPI(M) Politburo member said.
Mishra also suggested that the Chief Minister follow rules in the Assembly.
"She should understand how business in the House takes place. We were outside and did not know that the CM would be there. We wanted to know her statement on some issues. We are not allowed to speak (in the Assembly), only the CM is allowed to," Mishra alleged.
He said Banerjee knew very well that after she speaks opposition would have questions.
"Will she only speak? She is not the last word. Others have the right to question her after her statement," Mishra said.