Smriti Irani hits out at Bengal CM over money seized during raids on Trinamool leaders

Union minister Smriti Irani hit out at Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee over money seized during central probe agency raids on Trinamool Congress leaders.

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Union Minister Smriti Irani lashed out at Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee during her Hooghly visit. (Photo: PTI)

Union minister Smriti Irani launched a scathing attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over mountains of cash recovered during raids on Trinamool Congress leaders.

Addressing a press conference in Hooghly's Serampore, Irani said, "She [Mamata Banerjee] should have taken strong actions against the rampant corruption that is happening in the state. She should address the fact that truck loads of taxpayers' money are being discovered during raids on TMC leaders’ homes.”

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Smriti Irani’s attack comes at a time when Partha Chatterjee, a former minister and senior leader, is facing jail time after being accused in the multi-crore Bengal recruitment scam, along with his aide Arpita Mukherjee. Another TMC leader, Anubrata Mondal, is also being probed for his alleged involvement in a cross-border cow smuggling case.

“The CM must answer the legislative assembly as to why the money allotted for the benefit of the people was looted by the leaders of the ruling party. Only blaming the BJP leaders, especially the country's Home Minister Amit Shah, does not suit the Chief Minister of Bengal. She should rather focus on her corrupt leaders in order to legitimately bring development in Bengal,” Irani said.

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The Union minister also condemned the protests against BJP MP Locket Chatterjee, while she was on a visit to Santiniketan to meet the family of a boy found dead on a neighbour's roof a day earlier.

“While loot and rape cases are happening all over the state, the ruling party supporters are obstructing us [BJP] from meeting victims and their families, lest their secrets are revealed,” she said.

Lastly, referring to the resolution passed by the Bengal government on September 19, which alleges excessive use of probing agencies in the state, Irani said, “The move stemmed from the deep-seated fear among the ruling party as they only want the governance and power to fill their pockets.”

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