West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday admitted that she had called a former Trinamool Congress leader who has now joined her rival Bharatiya Janata Party, saying it was not a crime.
The audio clip of Mamata's conversation with Pralay Pal had created a controversy on a few days ago, as the saffron party had claimed that she had sought his help to win the Nandigram election. The Narendra Modi-led party has accused Didi of trying to influence the Assembly elections.
“Yes I had called up this BJP leader in Nandigram,” the TMC supremo said. “I had got the feedback that someone wants to talk to me. So I talked to him after getting his number. I told him to keep well, to take care of his health. So what is my crime?”
The West Bengal's ruling party chief was speaking in Nandigram constituency, which will vote in the second phase of polling on April 1. In Nandigram, Mamata is contesting against her aide-turned-rival Suvendu Adhikari, who had defected to BJP in December.
The CM said that action should be taken against the person who leaked the audio clip of the conversation as it breaks trust and faith between two people. “As a candidate of the constituency I can seek the help of any voter, I can call up anyone,” she added. “There is no harm in that, it is not a crime. But if someone makes the conversation viral that is a criminal offence.”
She further said this was not the first time that she had reached out to people cutting across party lines. She added that she will continue to call up people in the same manner in future.