09/02/2017 1:36 PM IST | Updated 09/02/2017 3:44 PM IST

'Leaders In Power' Threatening Other Political Parties Like 'Gabbar Singh': Mamata Bannerjee

Bannerjee did not name PM Narendra Modi directly.

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West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday lashed out at the Modi government for "threatening" other political parties and accusing them of hoarding black money.

"I read newspapers reports that all of our party leaders will be arrested in the days to come," Banerjee told the Press Trust of India. "We are not afraid of such threats; if you want you can arrest all of us. The situation is just like you are threatening a kid by saying keep shut or else Gabbar Singh will come."

Banerjee did not mention Prime Minister Narendra Modi by name but the allusion was clear by the references in her tweets.

In the classic Hindi film Sholay, the evil dacoit Gabbar Singh brags about his ability to strike fear in the hearts of people, saying that mothers take his name to keep their errant children in line. The film was directed by Ramesh Sippy and featured Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar and Hema Malini in key roles.

In the wake of PM Modi's demonetisation announcement on 8 November, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the BJP have been trading accusations and strong words, with legal notices as well as FIRs flying back and forth.

Banerjee also said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was in for a huge disappointment in the Uttar Pradesh, Goa and Punjab Assembly elections.

(H/T: Hindustan Times)

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