Mamata Calls Raid on Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Vindictive


Kolkata: Ever since Narendra Modi announced demonetisation of high-value currency, West Bengal Mamata Banerjee has been on the offensive, hitting out at the government for causing inconvenience to people.

The Trinamool Chief today took to Twitter to lash out at the Modi government for its “vindictive” politics. The Chief Minister reacted to the news of the Income Tax raid at the house of Tamil Nadu chief secretary.

The Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted, “Earlier the Principal Secretary of @ArvindKejriwal was raided and harassed. Now I read Chief Secretary TN also raided”. The Central Bureau of Investigation recently filed a chargesheet against former Delhi Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar in a corruption case.

Mamata called such raids as “vindictive, unethical and technically improper action”. “Is it only to disturb the federal structure,” she asked. In a major crackdown on black money in the wake of demonetisation, the Income Tax department has been conducting raids across the country.

Upping the ante against the goverment, she said, “Why don’t they raid Amit Shah and others who are collecting money?” A few days ago, her Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal had demanded setting up of a commission to probe source of funding of political parties.

The West Bengal Chief Minister said that while corruption needs to be condemned, “raid on TN Chief Secy by Central agencies devalues the institution of head of civil services”.

She said proper procedures should have been followed before the raid and the state leadership should have been taken into confidence.