Shah says, BJP journey to culminate with Bengal win
After wresting permission from the Calcutta High Court to hold a rally near Victoria House in the city’s busy office district, BJP president Amit Shah questioned the role of the Trinamool Congress-led state government in the Saradha chit fund scam on Sunday and asked why Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was “protecting” those accused in the scam.
Shah said, “The TMC MPs wear black and protest against black money in Parliament, I want to ask Didi whether Saradha chit fund money is black or white?” Attacking the Trinamool Congress on the Saradha scam, Shah added, “Didi says CBI has framed TMC leaders, I challenge her to say that those interrogated by CBI are innocent.”
Shah asked if Mamata has any responsibility towards the poor depositors whose money was lost in the chit fund scam. “It is clear that Trinamool leaders are involved in the chit fund scam”. Reacting to the allegation, senior Trinamool leader and minister Subrata Mukherjee said, “Do not forget that the West Bengal Government arrested the kingpin of chit funds. Not CBI. We returned money to 5 lakh people”.
Cheered on by BJP supporters, Shah asked, “Why did you close down the Shyamal Sen commission? You are now trying to save those who were involved in chit fund scam.” Mukherjee hit back at Shah, “Recently Sahara Chief was arrested and a red diary was recovered. We heard Modi ji and Amit Shah’s name features in diary. What action has been taken against them?”
Amit Shah continued his tirade against the Mamata Banerjee government and accused the party members of trying to shield the terrorists involved in the Burdwan blast. “TMC leaders are involved in this blast. Saradha chit fund’s money was used in this blast, CBI is investigating this matter,” Shah said.
The Trinamool secretary general Partha Chatterjee retaliated saying, “Malicious propaganda and smear campaign will not work here. The people of Bengal will give a fitting reply to the propaganda of BJP”.
Exhorting the public to follow Narendra Modi’s call for a “TMC-free Bengal”, Shah also said that the countdown for the exit of the Mamata Banerjee government has begun.