KOLKATA: The BJP on Wednesday targeted the CPM on the multi-crore Saradha scam saying it had no moral authority to question the Prime Minister about the progress of the investigation, as its leaders too, like those of the ruling Trinamool Congress, were involved.
West Bengal BJP president Rahul Sinha said, “The CPM has no moral right to talk about the Saradha scam, as the party has lost its credibility. There were several chit fund scams during the Left regime of 34 years.
“Now they are questioning the Prime Minister about the CBI probe. It is nothing but a political drama enacted at the behest of the TMC to fool the people of West Bengal. When CPM leaders too will be caught by the CBI over their involvement in the Saradha scam, they will sing the same tune like the TMC,” he alleged.
He pointed out that the CBI inquiry was ordered by the Supreme Court and the PMO could not interfere in it. The apex court order was issued in May, before the Narendra Modi Government came to power.
Commenting on the CPM’s march on the Saradha issue, Sinha said, “The CPM is no more fit for such revolutionary speeches like asking the Prime Minister why the West Bengal CM is not being arrested. If they have evidence about Mamata Banerjee’s involvement, why are they not moving the Supreme Court?
“Mamata had fallen at the feet of the CPM leaders out of fear of the BJP’s growth in West Bengal. Both the CPM and the TMC are in league and the Marxists are acting according to the TMC’s game-plan to divert attention,” he alleged.
Asked about MoS, PMO, Jitendra Prasad Singh’s statement in the Lok Sabha about the CBI having no knowledge of Saradha funds being sent to Bangladesh, Sinha said the CBI was not probing that angle, but other agencies like the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) and the NIA were probing about funds being sent to Bangladesh and the US.
He claimed that Saradha funds were linked with the Burdwan blast, in which Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh terrorists were involved, and the government in the neighbouring country had given evidence in this regard to the Centre.
Sinha questioned Mamata’s comment on the Prime Minister’s meeting with Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, who belongs to the CPM, saying, “Her knowledge about our federal structure is limited, as she is confined to her residence in Kalighat locality.
“Modiji is not the BJP’s Prime Minister but Prime Minister of the people. He had stated his intention to help all the state governments even if they were being run by another political party and naturally will meet a Chief Minister belonging to the CPM,” he explained.