BJP conspired with Trinamool to scuttle Saradha probe: Sonia in Bengal

  • HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times, Shujapur (Malda)/Murarai (Birbhum)
  • Updated: Apr 16, 2016 11:14 IST
Congress president Sonia Gandhi arrives at Malda Hatimari Ground for an election rally on Wednesday. (Subhankar Chakraborty/HT Photo)

Beating the scorching Sun, Congress president Sonia Gandhi turned on the heat on the Trinamool Congress and the BJP at back-to-back poll rallies in Malda and Birbhum. Huge crowds greeted the Congress chief in both the places as Sonia Gandhi took on both Mamata Banerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Without mincing any words, Gandhi launched into an attack against the rivals of the Left-Congress alliance. Investigation into the Saradha chit fund scam, she said, was scuttled because the Trinamool Congress struck a deal with the BJP. In both the rallies she called upon the people to uproot the Trinamool Congress from Bengal.

However, Sonia Gandhi did not utter a word about the Left, the alliance partner of the Congress. The closest she came to referring to the tie-up was when she asked the crowds to fight “unitedly” against the Trinamool Congress and the BJP in her speech.

Expectedly, Sonia Gandhi repeatedly referred to Barkat Ghani Khan Chowdhury and his legacy at the Shujapur rally. Malda was a Congress bastion largely because of Barkat Ghani Khan Chowdhury and his family. “Barkat would have never approved of what is going on in Bengal today. Never before so much unlawful activities took place in Bengal. There seems to be similarity between Mamata’s Trinamool Congress government and Narendra Modi government at the Centre,” Sonia said, adding, “Law and order has collapsed in the state. Bengal has a woman chief minister, yet the state tops the country in atrocities against women.”

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