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Summoned by ED, Abhishek leaves for Delhi, says it’s BJP vendetta politics

Speaking to reporters at the Kolkata airport on his way to New Delhi to attend a summons by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with an alleged coal scam case, Banerjee accused the BJP of indulging in political vendetta having lost the state assembly elections.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata |
Updated: September 6, 2021 4:36:44 am
Trinamool Congress general secretary Abhishek Banerjee (Express Photo: Partha Paul)

Trinamool Congress national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee left for New Delhi on Sunday to face questioning by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with an alleged coal smuggling case, on Monday. However, before boarding the flight to the national capital, Abhishek, who also happens to be the nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, lashed out at the BJP-led Centre, accusing it of pursuing political vendetta against Opposition leaders and using the central agencies against them.

Speaking to reporters outside Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International airport, Banerjee, a Lok Sabha MP from the Diamond Harbour constituency of West Bengal, said, “I stand by what I said before the Assembly polls that if anyone comes up with evidence of my involvement in any financial scam then I will happily hang myself in public. There will be no need for any CBI or ED inquiry. I have been summoned for questioning in Delhi despite the case being registered in Kolkata. But I am going there as I am ready to face any and every kind of investigation.”

On whether he was a victim of political vendetta, Banerjee said, “Let people decide that. After facing a defeat in the Assembly polls and at the hands of the Trinamool Congress, they (BJP) are pursuing vendetta politics against us. Now they have no other work than to use investigative agencies against us to suit their political interests.”

The Trinamool stormed to power with 213 seats while the BJP had to be content with 77.

The Trinamool’s number two also targeted the central investigative agencies for turning a blind eye to probes against BJP leaders.

“I would like to invite any BJP leader to sit face-to-face with me and discuss what the central agencies have done in the last five years. You (BJP) decide the date, time and venue and I will go. If I cannot expose them, I will not be in the political arena anymore,” he said.

The Trinamool leader added, “If there is any evidence against me then they should make it public. But those seen in television shamelessly taking hordes of cash do not feature in the CBI chargesheet. The CBI and ED turns a blind eye to such incidents. But the Trinamool won’t bow down to them. They can’t break us.”

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