Within two hours of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee declaring that Trinamool Congress will protest against the land acquisition bill, the CBI has swung into action, alleged party secretary general Partha Chatterjee on Wednesday.
He claimed that a party worker at TMC Bhavan, on Tuesday received a call from a person — who introduced himself as a CBI official — and asked for party general secretary Subrata Bakshi.
“The officer wanted his (Bakshi) phone number and it was given. The CBI swung into action after Mamata Banerjee declared that we will hold a protest against the land ordinance. It always acts before elections… It is a political parrot that starts speaking before elections,” said Chatterjee.
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“Before the Bongaon bypolls too, the CBI had sent a letter to the party office asking for details of its accounts. Now, before the municipal elections, they have again done the same thing,” he added.
Maintaining that the CBI can also contact Mamata since the party has nothing to hide, Chatterjee said: “The CBI has lost all credibility. It is acting at the behest of a political party. The party office receives thousands of letters. If CBI wants any information, they can directly write to the party chief. There is nothing to hide.”
While contacted, Subrata Bakshi refused to comment. “The party has already held a press conference. I have nothing to say.”
Sources said, following the phone call, Mamata has directed party leaders to ask CBI officers to directly call her in this regard.