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Can't intimidate with jail, says Mamata after CBI notice to nephew's wife

After CBI notice to the wife of Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Abhishek Banerjee in a coal scam case, Banerjee on Sunday said the people of Bengal cannot be intimidated with jail

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses  the
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

Soon after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) served notice to the wife of Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP in a coal scam case, Chief Minister on Sunday said the people of Bengal cannot be intimidated with jail.

Addressing an event celebrating the International Mother Language Day at Deshapriya Park here, Banerjee said, "There are some leaders (in Delhi) who said they knew how to break the spine of Bengal. It is not easy to break our spine. Bengal taught me to fight bravely like a tiger. We cannot be intimidated with jail. The people who have fought against guns do not fear fighting a rat."

She urged people to answer phone calls by greeting 'Joy Bangla'.

"I request all of you to say 'Joy Bangla' whenever you answer a phone call instead of 'hello'," said the chief minister.

Earlier on Sunday, CBI served a notice to Rujira Banerjee Naroola, the wife of Mamata's nephew asking her to join the investigation related to the coal scam case.

"At 2 pm today, the CBI served a notice in the name of my wife. We have full faith in the law of the land. However, if they think they can use these ploys to intimidate us, they are mistaken. We are not the ones who would ever be cowed down," tweeted

Without naming, the TMC leader has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government of exploitation of power.

Tensions between the TMC and BJP have intensified recently as the Assembly polls in West Bengal draw near.

Elections for 294 Assembly seats in West Bengal are likely to take place in April-May this year.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Sun, February 21 2021. 21:41 IST