Mamata campaign line: CBI probe not required in Saradha scam case
The Mamata Banerjee led Trinamool Congress, will be campaigning against a CBI probe into the multi-crore Saradha scam in the run up to the last two phases of polling, said top party sources. A CBI investigation has been demanded by the Opposition parties, especially the CPI-M.
Party top brass told Millennium Post that leaders including Mamata Banerjee will be telling the electorate that the CBI probe is not really called for in this case. ‘We will tell the people what the Supreme Court has said about the CBI. We will also tell them what Gopal Krishna Gandhi, ex Governor of Bengal, said about the CBI’, party chief whip in Bidhan Sabha Sovondeb Chattopadhyay told Millennium Post.
Interestingly, Banerjee is scheduled to hold a big rally in South Kolkata in the coming week. Filmstar and Trinamool candidate Dev is scheduled to attend the rally. ‘Banerjee will also talk about the federal front which will give more power to regional parties and the states’, said Chattopadhyay.
Meanwhile, investors in the Saradha group’s ponzi schemes, who had suffered financial losses due to the scam, blocked rail traffic in the Sealdah rail section in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district on Friday. Picketeers blocked rail traffic at several places in the Sealdah-Ranaghat, Sealdah-Bongaon and Sealdah-Barasat section for several hours, demanding justice.
Rail traffic was disrupted before the police cleared the lines following which train movement resumed, superintendent of rail police, Sealdah, Utpal Laskar said. With the Saradha scam surfacing as a key political issue in the state during this ongoing Lok Sabha elections, duped investors and agents under the aegis of Saradha Sufferers’ Unity Forum also protested near the Garia station in the southern part of the city.
With the police failing to take action, local TMC leaders and workers engaged in a scuffle with the protestors. Many of the protesors were allegedly beaten up by TMC workers. Bivas Mukhopadhay, a local TMC councillor, allegedly played a role in manhandling the protestors. Mukhopadhay, who was present on the spot as is evident from the television footage, however, has denied all allegations.
Recently, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has stepped up its efforts to unearth the scam. More and more people connected to the TMC are being summoned. TMC candidate from Balurghat constituency and theatre personality Arpita Ghosh, who was associated with the Saradha media group, has been quizzed by the ED twice.