Targeting chief minister Mamata Banerjee directly , all opposition parties in West Bengal -- the Left, BJP and the Congress-- have upped the demand for her resignation over the Saradha chit fund scam.
The BJP on Sunday alleged that she had benefited the most from the multi-crore Saradha Chit Fund scam, in which thousands of investors were allegedly duped.
"People, who have been arrested in the case are saying that West Bengal chief minister benefited the most from the scam," PTI quoted the BJP MP from Asansol Babul Supriyo as saying.
"Those arrested are even divulging the amount of money that Mamataji and (TMC general secretary) Mukul Roy received in this scam, "he said.
Supriyo added that the charges against Rajya Sabha member Ahmed Hassan Imran allegedly playing a key role in getting huge funds from Bangladesh-based terror outfit Jamaat-e-Islami secretly transferred across the border to help TMC win the 2011 Assembly polls, were "not merely allegations, but are facts".
"Mamata didi nominated Imran for the post of Rajya Sabha member. Was she not aware of his background?" he added.
CBI must question Mamata, Jaitley: Left
The CPI(M) demanded that the CBI should question chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Union finance minister Arun Jaitley in connection with the scams.
“If Narendra Modi can be interrogated for 17 hours when he was Gujarat chief minister and Amit Shah as well as former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa be quizzed, then why not Mamata Banerjee?” leader of the opposition in the Bengal assembly and CPI(M) politburo member Suryakanta Mishra asked at a rally.
Blaming even the BJP for the chit fund scams, Mishra said, “While Jaitley took a tough stand on chit funds in his first budget speech as finance minister, he preferred to have lunch on the same day with Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP KD Singh.
"The CBI should interrogate what relation Jaitley shares with Singh,” Mishra added.
State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury reiterated his demand that Mamata should step down till the CBI gave her a clean chit. “She (Mamata) should step down immediately. The way her name got dragged into the scam it would be a loss of face for Bengal if she still remains chief minister,” he said .
The Congress also threatened to move the Supreme Court against Trinamool Congress' protest demonstrations alleging it was a contempt of court.
Congress leader Abdul Mannan - instrumental in filing the petition which eventually led to the Supreme Court order the CBI probe - said: "While ordering the CBI to probe the scam, the Supreme Court had directed the state government to cooperate in the investigation. But by holding demonstrations, the state government has disregarded the court and it is tantamount to its contempt."
Trinamool plans more rallies
Meanwhile the Trinamool Congress decided to hold more counter rallies across the state over the next three days to give a " fitting reply to those who are trying to malign the government " over the Saradha scam.
“The opposition parties are hurling allegations against us. We have decided to give them an appropriate answer and for that we would hold rallies from September 19 to 22,” Trinamool general secretary Mukul Roy said in Tamluk.
The Saradha scam had come to light in April 2013 after the group downed shutters without repaying lakhs of investors, who had parked their hard-earned money in the group's companies, lured by the promise of astronomically-high returns. The Supreme Court had later directed the CBI to probe the Saradha scam.