File photo: Mamata Banerjee. Photograph:( AFP )
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday claimed that a conspiracy was on to physically eliminate her and said a political party has even hired contract killers for the purpose.
Banerjee, who had founded the ruling Trinamool Congress back in the late nineties to eject the Left parties from the driving seat in Bengal, made the startling revelation in an interview to a Bengali television channel Zee 24 Ghanta'.
"I have come to know that a conspiracy is on to kill me. A political party has given supari (contract) for eliminating me. The contract killers, who have already received an advance, did a recce of my office and residence, as also other nearby places," Banerjee said.
Complaining that she was the victim of a barrage of insults and character assassination daily, Banerjee said the conspirators had hatched a plan to first assassinate her character and then eliminate her physically.
The Chief Minister, however, said she was habituated with such conspiracies and had survived murder attempts by a whisker in the past.