Chit funds a CPM-rule bane,TMC not linked: CM

CHIEF Minister Mamata Banerjee today blamed the CPM for the chit fund scam,claiming that several of their party offices on AJC Bose Road have been built using funds of ponzi firms.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:May 28, 2013 4:55 am

CHIEF Minister Mamata Banerjee today blamed the CPM for the chit fund scam,claiming that several of their party offices on AJC Bose Road have been built using funds of ponzi firms.

“These chit fund companies started in 1995 when CPM was ruling,TMC came to power in 2011. How can TMC be blamed for being associated with the chit fund companies,” she said today at a gathering in Panchla while campaigning for party candidate Prasun Banerjee for the forthcoming Howrah Lok Sabha bypoll.

The crowd,just like the turnout at Bally yesterday,was thin and TMC sources said the party top brass was concerned as the TMC supremo was herself addressing the gathering.

The CM said the bypoll was a fight against the combined power of CPM,Congress and BJP. “They have fielded independent candidates to eat into TMC votes. These candidates are fair-weather friends,” she said and added,“Even if we are fighting alone,the results will be in our favour.”

Alleging that the people of the three parties along with some TV channels indulge in spreading rumours about the TMC,she said: “I am fond of Facebook but these people would put on face powder and appear on TV screens,spreading unfounded rumours about the government.”

She said that when President Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit Mukherjee was contesting from Jangipur,the TMC did not contest there but Congress candidate is in the fray in the Howrah bypoll.

The Chief Minister also said that her government had followed the Sachar Committee’s recommendations.

“The state will soon come up with a small savings scheme where people would be able to keep their savings safely and get assured returns,” she added.

She also went on to elaborate several proposed and ongoing schemes of the government for the people of Howrah. Referring to TMC pulling out from the UPA II government last year,she said “We have done this to protect the interests of the people when they (UPA government) went ahead with FDI in retail sector,effected a sharp rise in the the prices of diesel and imposed a cap on the LPG cylinders.”

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