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TMC ups ante, boycotts all-party meet

TMC chose not to attend the meeting convened by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu. Party spokesperson Derek O’Brien tweeted saying: ‘TMC not attending this all-party meeting. We are not available at BJP’s beck and call. Written a letter recording our point of view.’ In another tweet he said, ‘Government has pro-MNC agenda. We have pro-people line. Black money, poll reform, communalism, political vendetta, 100-day hoax. Will raise all.’

On Saturday, Banerjee, while hitting out at BJP, had said that she doesn’t need a character certificate from the BJP and her credentials are known to the people of Bengal. She also termed the arrest of TMC leaders a ‘political vendetta’ and said that her party is being targeted because she had gone to attend a conclave of secular parties in Delhi. ‘BJP instigating riots across India in the last few months - from Gujarat to Maharashtra. Even Delhi was not spared. Does it think that it will incite riots in Bengal? We will never allow that,’ she said.

‘The investigation is not about whom Saradha has duped rather it is about who all have duped Saradha. And about the CBI, I don’t have to say anything, the Supreme Court has already said enough about its credibility,’ said Banerjee asking for the reconstitution of the federal probe agency.

While rebutting TMC’s response, Finance Minsiter Arun Jaitley in an article on BJP website on Sunday said that he is deeply disappointed by Banerjee’s statement. ‘Didi’s reaction to the interrogation and arrest of some of TMC leaders in Saradha scam has disappointed me. Some individuals associated with the TMC have been involved in making easy money from Ponzi schemes which have looted small investors,’ he said.

He further went on to say that TMC’s victory in Bengal was reaction to non-governance by Left and various political forces had joined the party to overthrow Left regime. ‘NIA has arrested several individuals who have engineered the Burdwan blast. Why has Didi chosen to allege that the blast was stage managed,’ he said.
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