KOLKATA: The BJP on Saturday revealed documents purportedly linking West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to IVRCL, the company which was constructing the flyover which crashed killing 26 persons and injuring several others.
BJP national secretary, Siddharth Nath Singh, furnished the documents and alleged, “Mamata Banerjee knowingly as former Railways Minister had awarded a contract to this company, which was under CBI probe to construct the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramula project. It was a tsunami of corruption committed by her.
“It was Rs 761-crore project and there was a quid pro quo between her and IVRCL. She cannot escape but now faces a CBI probe too. Her predecessors as Railways Minister like Mukul Roy, who was seen in the Narada sting operation directing that lakhs of rupees in cash be given to a police officer, too continued with the arrangement,” he alleged.
Singh said there had been a CBI investigation into IVRCL in 2011 and Mamata knew about it. After the BJP-led government came to power the Kashmir project was terminated in December 2014, he said. The BJP leader further alleged that IVRCL was forced to give a sub-contract to Rajat Bakshi, nephew of the TMC candidate from Jorasanko constituency, who had supplied sub-standard materials.
“She is trying to divert the issue from the Narada sting, which revealed her corruption, by talking about the Left front government awarding the contract to this infamous company. Why didn’t she terminate the contract as the company missed eight deadlines?” he asked.