Two days before the second phase of polling in West Bengal, Trinamool Congress announced an internal probe on the Narada expose that showed its key leaders accepting wades of cash.
The decision to undertake an internal probe comes after the top Trinamool leadership, including chief minister Mamata Banerjee, slammed the sting operation as a “conspiracy”.
Observers see it as a desperate measure to counter the political campaign of the Opposition parties of the state.
But the ruling party also stepped up attack on rival CPI(M) on another raging issue—the collapse of a flyover in central Kolkata—asking the latter’s general secretary Sitaram Yechury to explain if due to his influence the construction company got the contract to build the flyover in the previous left regime.
“The All India General Secretary of CPI(M) must clarify about his associations with the company that was constructing the flyover near Ganesh Talkies. Is it true that that company got the contract for this project because of those connections? Who are the associates of this company? Who manipulated the contract in favour of the accused company?” Partha Chatterjee, secretary-general of state Trinamool, said on Saturday, trying to link IVRCL is a Hyderabad-based company while Yechury hails from Andhra Pradesh.
The CPI(M) laughed off the charges. “The more the TMC is getting cornered more it is spreading such nonsense. On the other hand it is now established that Trinamool leaders were supplying construction materials,” said Md Selim, politburo member of CPI(M).