Finance minister slams CM over tainted leaders

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Jan 08, 2015 11:06 IST

Within two hours of stepping out from the Bengal Global Summit, Union finance minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley targeted chief minister Mamata Banerjee on the Saradha scam. He stated that instead of disowning tainted MPs and ministers, she is supporting them.

He highlighted that Left Front has become irrelevant in Bengal, with the anti-Trinamool space firmly filled up by the BJP. He stated that it is Trinamool Congress at the forefront in stalling Rajya Sabha sessions and is backed by the Left and Congress.

“Trinamool Congress MPs, ministers and other functionaries are being arrested for their involvement in the Saradha scam. And, instead of disowning them, Mamata is taking the responsibility of keeping them in the party and supporting them. In BJP, we would have asked the person to come clean on corruption charges first,” Jaitley said while addressing the BJP trade cell’s programme at Howrah’s Sarat Sadan.

“Soviet Union has broken, Cuba is joining hands with America now, China is running the country with a different ideologue but the Left only has space in India’s Upper House with support from the Trinamool Congress. The Left often stalls the Rajya Sabha and the Congress just follows it,” he said.

Jaitley made it clear that the Modi government is not bothered about functioning of Parliament. “India will move ahead even if opposition stalls the Rajya Sabha.” Recently, the central government had to issue ordinances for a number of bills which were stalled in the Rajya Sabha.

Confirming state BJP president Rahul Sinha’s repeated claims that Trinamool MPs, MLAs and ministers are in constant touch with him to topple the Mamata Banerjee government, Jaitely added, “We have discovered our political space in Bengal, especially after the Lok Sabha polls in 2014. Even the opposition is now helping our state president Rahul Sinha.”

Despite wishing Bengal’s Global Business Summit a success, BJP’s national secretary Sidharth Nath Singh called it a “complete farce.” He stated that industrialists think that Bengal Leads did not lead but it bled.

Explaining why Jaitley had inaugurated the summit, Singh added, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is of the opinion that politics and governance should be separated. Bengal is an important strategic state as it is the corridor to the northeastern states. Development of this state would help in developing the national security in this sector. Developing India would mean developing its states. So, the Centre would provide all assistance to the states.”

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