KOLKATA: Monday turned out to be the day of bizarre comments. After Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma's outrageous statement that Rs 71 lakh is too small an amount for ministers to embezzle, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee went once step ahead saying that rapes happen because men and women interact freely.
Mamata said that rape cases in the country are on a rise because men and women interact with each other more freely now.
CNN-IBN quoted Mamata saying: "Earlier if men and women would hold hands, they would get caught by parents and reprimanded but now everything is so open. It's like an open market with open options."
Mamata also took a swipe at sections of the media saying that some news channels were targeting her government by dishing out negative stories to show Trinamool administration in wrong light.
She also took on the media for their projection of rape incidents in the state, saying that rape cases are being highlighted everyday as if Bengal had become a land of rapists.
She also alleged that news stories were being fabricated to serve the business interests of a few,
Mamata takes on Manmohan government
Mamata Banerjee said that the manmohan Singh government would fall within two to six months, and added that even a miracle could not save the regime which was now on a ventilator.
"This government will last another two to six months maximum. The Lok Sabha polls will be held after that. If I have even the slightest understanding of politics, then my prediction will come true," Banerjee told the Bengali newspaper "Ei Samay", which was launched Monday by the Times of India Group.
Banerjee's Trinamool Congress broke away from the United Progressive Alliance-II in September to protest the union government's decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail, cap the supply of subsidised cooking gas cylinders per household and raise diesel prices.
The Trinamool supremo said her immediate goal is to rally all regional parties together against the UPA government which was trying to rule the country like its own fief. She exuded confidence that the regional parties would form the next government after the general elections.
Likening the UPA to a patient on his death bed, the Trinamool supremo said, "It is now brain-dead and on ventilator. Everybody knows the patient is dead. Only somebody has to remove the tube."
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