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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

Rahul takes on Mamata over Saradha scam

HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times  Malda/Murshidabad, April 19, 2014
First Published: 18:02 IST(19/4/2014) | Last Updated: 19:59 IST(19/4/2014)

After BJP's prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday took a dig at the Trinamool Congress-led West Bengal government over the Saradha scam, alleging the state administration was trying to shield the culprits.

"Nothing has happened in this state except mega scams. All of you are must be aware of the Saradha scam. SEBI is asking the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to act now.

"She (Banerjee) claims to head a government of the poor but has taken no action in this regard. Instead, she is trying to shield the culprits," Gandhi said at a public rally in Malda in north Bengal, where the Congress has a considerable presence.

The Saradha ponzi scheme scam, which surfaced last year, is estimated to be worth around Rs. 20,000 crore. Around 1.7 million Saradha investors were duped.

Around a week ago, Modi had requested Bengal residents at an election rally to vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for justice.

Addressing a rally in Murshidabad, which borders Malda and is another stronghold of the Congress, Gandhi said, "She (Banerjee) has a lot to say on a lot of issues. But she is mum on Saradha."

Modi and Gandhi's attacks on Banerjee come at a time when the ED has picked up the wife and son of Saradha boss Sudipta Sen.

There is a big talk that the ED may summon some of the Trinamool leaders, including ministers, for interrogation.

The scam has hit the Bengal chief minister's corruption-free image.

Suspended Trinamool leader and Rajya Sabha member Kunal Ghosh has accused Banerjee and a host of party leaders of turning a blind eye to Saradha's wrongdoings.

Ghosh is lodged in a jail in connection with the scam and wants a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe.


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