The Congress Thursday demanded that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee step down from her post till she gets clean chit from the CBI in the ongoing probe in Saradha chit fund scam. The demand, made by PCC chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, comes in the wake of allegations that Saradha Tours and Travels, a subsidiary of the ponzi group, was favoured in getting a contract from IRCTC, a railway catering and tourism wing, when Mamata was the rail minister.
“The Chief Minister claims to be the symbol of honesty, which has been proved otherwise with the surfacing of Saradha scam. She had used her chair as the Rail Minister to advance favours to the Saradha Group. We demand that she should step down as the CM till the CBI gives her a clean chit,” he said.
“It has to be seen at what time this contract was signed as the Railway Ministry was with the Trinamool Congress from 2009 till the middle of 2012. Mamata Banerjee herself was the Railway minister from 2009- May 2011. The CBI should interrogate her to find out the truth of the contract,” Chowdhury, former MoS, Railways, in the previous UPA-II government, told a press conference here.
He added that as the CBI investigation was progressing, more and more names of TMC leaders were being unearthed. “It is being proved with time that many top TMC leaders had benefited in different ways by Saradha chief Sudipta Sen,” Chowdhury said.
Refuting the charge, Trinamool Congress said that IRCTC is a public sector organisation and it is their matter with whom it will sign pact. “IRCTC is a public sector organisation. It is their matter with whom they will enter into an agreement,” Mukul Roy, TMC all-India general secretary, told reporters during the day.
Meanwhile, referring to DGP G M P Reddy’s clean chit to Birbhum district TMC chief Anubrata Mondal in the Parui case, Chowdhury said, “The has made a laughing stock of himself and the law and order system of the state. His behaviour is partial and is clearly favouring the ruling party,” he said.