Kolkata: Accusing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of trying to “fish in troubled waters” to gain political mileage by opposing demonetisation, opposition Congress and CPI(M) today asked the TMC leadership to “come clean” on the charges of corruption in Narada and Saradha scams.
“She is trying to fish in troubled waters. She should stop shedding crocodile tears for those who are affected by the demonetisation. If she is so bothered about the common man, then why is she not taking any steps to get back the money of those people who have been looted in chit fund scams. TMC minister, MP was arrested in Saradha chit fund scam,” Leader of Opposition and senior Congress leader Abdul Mannan said.
A rally was taken out by Chit Fund Sufferers Forum in the city to protest against ponzi schemes in Bengal, in which money had been swindled in “collusion with a section of political leaders.”
“Those who themselves are involved in Narada and Saradha scams should not talk about black money and demonetization.
Actually these crocodile tears are driven by the anxiety that illegal money generated via chit funds and syndicate in Bengal would turn into waste paper,” Mannan said.
Hitting out at Banerjee, CPI-M leader Sujan Chakraborty said her oppositon of monetisation was a desperate attempt to save her own party leaders who are allegedly involved in Saradha and Narada scams.
“What is the credibility of TMC? How can it talk about fighting against black money when its own leaders are involved in Saradha scam and have been arrested. When her party leaders have been involved in Narada? This is nothing but a political gimmick. People who are running their party in West Bengal through corruption – they should not talk much about black money,” he said.
Since the decision of demonetisation on November 8, Banerjee has opposed the Centre’s decision and equated it with financial emergency in the country.