As Left Front leaders met deputy election commissioner Vinod Zutshi on black money; Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee slammed the Marxists for doubting her honesty.
“I am amazed to see the audacity of CPI(M) leaders. How dare they charge me with spending black money? How dare they doubt my honesty? As railway minister, I do not even drink a cup of tea with railway money,” Banerjee said during a rally at Beadon Street, north Kolkata.
“Who is the CPI(M) to question my election expenses? We have placed documents before the Election Commission. The Marxists know that they are on their way out and they are now maligning us. It was Gautam Deb who first raised the issue that we are spending around R100 crore in black money. The housing minister also asked how we are paying for the use of helicopters,” the Trinamool chief said.
Banerjee reiterated that the Left Front has bankrupted the state in their 34 years rule. “Everything will be scanned. Do not worry. CPI(M) is responsible for the loot of central funds and they will not be spared.”
Speaking in Kolkata, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati expressed concern over criminalisation in politics flow of black money and extended solidarity with the movement of social activist Anna Hazare against corruption.
“Largescale corruption and flow of black money in the country is a matter of concern. Anna Hazare rightly raised his voice against this. We are always against corruption,” she told an election meeting.