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Sting: This is the govt of Alibaba and his 40 thieves, says Adhir Chowdhury

He demanded that the Centre take action given some Trinamool MPs have been accused of taking bribe and come to a “speedy conclusion” in the matter.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata |
March 15, 2016 12:35:42 am
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TARGETING RULING Trinamool Congress over a “sting” operation, which purportedly showed three of its ministers and some MPs accepting bribe from a fictitious company, CPM on Monday asked the Centre and the Election Commission to probe the matter in view of coming assembly polls in the state.

CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said: “The Tehelka scam happened when Atal Behari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister… Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee had then walked out of the government. Why can’t she display the same emotions in this case… she shows she is a woman of stern principles? This has once again put a question mark on the possibility of a free and fair elections in Bengal.”

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He demanded that the Centre take action given some Trinamool MPs have been accused of taking bribe and come to a “speedy conclusion” in the matter.
The party said the Election Commission too should take cognisance of the “sting” and intervene as the “disclosure” has come ahead of the assembly poll and “the money could be used to influence or intimidate voters” during the election.

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“The sting operation has clearly shown a galaxy of top Trinamool leaders involved in unethical manner in which money was being accepted. Now, this is a very serious charge. This resoundingly vindicates what CPM has been saying for some years now… We demand that there should be a thorough investigation into this,” Yechury said.

State CPM secretary Dr Surya Kanta Mishra, taking a dig at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said: “Nicche hazaar koti, aar paaye hawai choti (They are taking crores of rupees but wear hawai chappals).”

Claiming that the sting was only the tip of the iceberg, he added: “This is only a matter of lakhs. Many Trinamool leaders are involved in scams of thousands of crores. It is a shame that the government is still there. I could not imagine Subrata Mukherjee would indulge in something like this.”

He said that to ensure fair poll, the EC has to take steps immediately, else election should not be conducted till such steps were taken. “If it requires promulgation of President’s rule, it should be done,” he demanded.

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The Congress too came down heavily on the Trinamool government. State party chief Adhir Chowdhury told mediapersons: “The ministers claim Bengal government is the government of Ma, Mati, Manush. The chief minister claims to be the symbol of honesty in Bengal. We had said from the beginning that the party is full of thieves. With this video, we have now come to know that this government is that of Alibaba and his 40 thieves.”

He added: “Previously, when state minister Madan Mitra was accused of taking money from the Saradha Group, Mamata had started a movement saying that it was a conspiracy… But she could not get Madan out of jail. This time, before going to polls, Mamata must tell the people that her ministers are thieves.”

The party said it would bring the matter to the notice of the Election Commissioner. Demanding the resignation of the chief minister, Chowdhury said: “This will be one of our biggest issues this election.”

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First published on: 15-03-2016 at 12:35:42 am

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