KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday ordered a probe by Kolkata police into the Narada sting operation, in which several Trinamool Congress leaders were purportedly shown accepting money for consideration.
After a meeting with Chief Secretary Basudeb Banerjee and Home Secretary Moloy Dey at her office, Banerjee said during the time of the recent Assembly election a conspiracy was hatched by inciting people and creating suspicion among them with the help of a so-called sting operation.
“I still believe that there was a conspiracy. We want the truth to come out. That is why I gave an order today to the Chief Secretary that the police will conduct an enquiry into the total episode. They will investigate and act according to law,” she said.
“The police will conduct the probe impartially. The guilty should be punished,” Banerjee said adding that the police would find out who was behind the conspiracy. “We have also informed the speaker of the Assembly and obtained his permission,” she said. Asked if the sting tapes were fake, she said, “Why should I comment on that? It will be decided through enquiry. It needs to be understood what was the context of the conversation in the tapes,” she said.
The West Bengal BJP, meanwhile, started a chintan biathak (branstroiming session) at Siliguri, the first such meeting after the party won three seats and garnered good vote share in the recent Assembly polls. Kailash Vijaibargya, BJP’s pointman for Bengal, urged party leaders to spend more time in the districts for panchayat polls next year.