Worse than Emergency: Mamata
The situation prevailing in India is worse than the Emergency, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday.
“The situation is worse than Emergency and this is economic terrorism,” she said while reacting to the arrest of Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandopadhyay in connection with the Rose Valley case. She reiterated that the Centre had arrested Bandopadhyay to scare the Trinamool Congress which had first raised its voice against demonetisation.
“I was first to raise my voice against Modi and he is trying to scare me,” she said adding: “Remember Modi I am right and you are wrong. People will not tolerate your ego for long and will throw you away.”
She demanded the arrest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah for “unleashing a reign of terror in the country.” She said some senior CBI officers had informed her that Narendra Modi had told them that he wanted to get Abhishek Banerjee, Firhad Hakim, Sovan Chatterjee and Suvendu Adhikari arrested.
“Some CBI officers told me Modi had told them Hamko Abhishek chahiye, Bobby chahiye, Sovan chaiye, Suvendu chaiye. Modi is sending central agencies and taking action on the basis of political vendetta. He is ruining the democratic set up in our country and should be arrested to save the country.”
Banerjee said the country was aware of the scam involving the Adani group and asked why no action was taken against Pearl chit fund company that had duped crores of hapless investors having its office close to the office of the Finance Ministry.
“There is the scam involving Adani and many BJP leaders have taken money from Pearl chit fund whose office is situated close to the Finance minister’s office but no action was taken against them. CBI has let them go and the big question before the agency now is who has funded who’s foreign trip. But no one is asking how the people who have cheated lakhs were allowed to leave the country.”
Banerjee argued that the chit fund companies like Saradha and others had started functioning since the 1980s and flourished under the patronage of some political parties but interestingly, no action was taken against the leaders of those parties.
“Modi’s ego will be shattered and the party candidates will have to forfeit their deposits in the elections that will be held in future,” she said. She said that the politics of arm twisting would not pay, and people would unmask the party soon. She also added that they could have arrested political leaders of other parties but had shown political courtesy to them. “Sudip Banerjee is a senior leader in Lok Sabha and you cannot behave with him like that.” She said the BJP was not allowing the persons who were arrested to even seek bail in court. “It is a dangerous trend and the country is passing through a very dark period.”
Banerjee said Trinamool Congress would launch movements in other states to protest against the economic terror unleashed by BJP from Wednesday and they would be led by senior party leaders. On January 9, a programme will be held in Kishenganj under the leadership of Suvendu Adhikari. Mukul Roy will lead the movement in Punjab while on January 10 and 11 a movement will be launched in Delhi under the leadership of Dinesh Trivedi and Derek O’ Brien. In Odisha, the movement will be led by Subrata Bakshi. She said the party was behind Sudip Bandopadhyay and he was there in “people’s hearts.”
CBI arrests Sudip Bandyopadhyay
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay on Tuesday in connection with the Rose Valley group chit-fund scam.
Bandyopadhyay’s arrest came four days after another Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Paul was taken into custody by CBI. TMC leaders dubbed the arrest of two of its MPs as part of the BJP’s “vendetta politics”. Senior Trinamool Congress leaders including Partha Chatterjee, Jyotipriya Mullick, Dinesh Trivedi, Sougata Roy, Mukul Roy, Sashi Panja, Firhad Hakim and Sujit Bose went to meet Bandyopadhyay at CBI’s office in CGO complex at Salt Lake on Tuesday evening.
The MP’s wife and Trinamool Congress MLA Nayana Bandyopadhyay too went to meet him. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said: “Sudipda has nothing to worry. Being such a senior leader, you (Sudip Bandyopadhyay) are in the hearts of the people of Bengal. We will take all the necessary legal steps.”
Bandyopadhyay reached CBI’s office at Salt Lake at around 10.55 pm. Sources said that he had repeated discussions with his lawyers on Sunday and went to CGO complex with a clear mindset. Everyone had thought that unlike Tapas Paul, Bandyopadhyay would come out of the CBI’s office within an hour or two. But things took a different turn when sources in the CBI said that lunch had been brought for Bandyopadhyay and information trickled out that CBI was going to arrest him.