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No tie-up with TMC,says Rahul Gandhi

The state MPs also conveyed their demanded for a CBI probe into the scam.

With the Trinamool Congress engaged in fire-fighting after the chit fund scam in West Bengal ahead of the panchayat polls,Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday made it clear to party MPs that there was no question of tying up with Mamata Banerjee’s party in the state.

A delegation of seven Congress MPs from West Bengal met Rahul at the Congress party office in Parliament and submitted a four-page report on the chit fund scam and its political aftermath.

Rahul is learnt to have told the delegation that “there is no question of any alliance with the TMC” and that leaders and party workers in Bengal should work with the objective of going it alone in the forthcoming polls and strengthen the organisation there.

The state MPs also conveyed their demanded for a CBI probe into the scam.

A united anti-Left vote bank has traditionally been considered a sure-shot way of trouncing the CPM in a majority of seats,as was demonstrated in the 2011 Assembly polls. But the Bengal Congress is confident of occupying that space on its own.

“The state government is shying away from a CBI probe knowing well that the TMC’s nexus with the scamsters would be exposed. We do not want to join hands with the TMC and are confident of a good show alone,” said Pradip Bhattacharya.

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The Congress’s call to go alone in the polls in Bengal originates from its new-found confidence following the TMC’s perceived erosion of the rural base following the chit fund scam which has robbed thousands of villagers of their savings.