The Opposition parties today said that the chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s remarks on her meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi clearly point to an attempt by her to save some influential Trinamul Congress leaders from being prosecuted in the Saradha chit fund scam. The Opposition parties said Miss Banerjee’s claim of talking about issues facing the state was a ‘hogwash’ as the same leader who had earlier boycotted Mr Modi, now rushed to meet him when the CBI was closing in on her close confidant Rajeev Kumar in the Sardha scam case.

Senior Congress leader and the Leader of Opposition in Parliament Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said private meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is enough to raise eyebrows of the people as this is not a government meeting and no government representative from any side was present there, nor was it a political meeting.

“Chief minister Mamata Banerjee sought the help of the Centre regarding any issue, then it was to be held at a certain time, when it was required. Earlier Miss Banerjee boycotted several important meetings of Finance Commission, Niti Aayog or development council. What happened at this hour that CBI sleuths are chasing IPS Rajeev Kumar and former police commissioner is hiding himself to evade the his arrest and Miss Banerjee desperately sought Prime Minister’s appointment at private,” he said.

The senior Congress leader and the Leader of Opposition in Parliament also expressed his doubt over next meeting of Miss Banerjee with union Home minister Amit Shah. “It seems Mr Modi referred her to Mr Shah, but for what purpose? So it proves that PM has nothing to do in this issue, so he asked Miss Banerjee to meet Mr Shah?” he said. CPI-M central committee member and MLA Sujan Chakraborty said that this is not a government to government meeting.

“Only two of them were there. People understood well the actual purpose of the meeting. Why Miss Banerjee did not ask any question over NRC issue? Her statement is ambiguous. Actually, she did not discuss any state matter with Mr Modi. It was her desperate attempt to save arrest of nephew and aunty and she has no other intention. A discussion on state’s development matter looks unlikely,” said Mr Charkaborty.

Senior BJP leader Mukul Roy said that Miss Banerjee’s meeting with Prime Minister reflected that she wants to earn some good will which is crucial for state and democracy. “Better late than never as she is all out to earn good will. It augurs well for the state. Once Miss Banerjee said she will tie Prime Minister with a rope and let him move elsewhere in the state. Hope she refrains from such distasteful comment in future as such a behaviour is against the culture of West Bengal,” said Mr Roy.