Dubbing West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee as “queen of corruption” after she criticised the I-T raid at the Tamil Nadu chief secretary’s residence, BJP alleged on Wednesday that the TMC supremo was not interested in fighting corruption but was shielding it and asked her to not undermine the process of law.
Taking a dig at her, BJP national secretary and state’s co-incharge Sidharth Nath Singh said the TMC chief seemed too “worried” and wondered if she wanted to shield her own officer as he raked up corruption cases involving TMC leaders.
Singh also accused her of “misleading” the people by referring to only non-BJP ruled states where central agencies had acted against officers, noting that a senior Rajasthan officer, where BJP is in power, was acted against by the CBI as well.
“She is queen of corruption. She needs to answer on Saradha, Narada and Rose Valley scams. She is trying to undermine the process of law by politicising the I-T raid. Being in the constitutional process, she should understand the law. She is not interested in fighting corruption but is shielding it,” he told reporters.
Banerjee criticised the I-T raid at the residence of Tamil Nadu chief secretary P Rama Mohana Rao, saying such a “vindictive and unethical” act by the central agencies devalues the institution of head of the civil service.
The income tax department carried out searches on Wednesday at over dozen places in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh against the son and few relatives of P Rama Mohana Rao during which they claimed to have seized Rs 18 lakh in cash and gold bars.
The I-T action was conducted in connection with the case related to biggest cash haul of new notes post demonetisation after the department raided some sand mining operators of Tamil Nadu.
Asked about her comments as to why such raids were not being carried out against BJP chief Amit Shah, Singh said such a “irrelevant” question coming from the “queen of corruption” did not merit a reply.