Ankur Chatterjee: Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee kind of cleared Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the problem of businessmen fleeing the state and the country for the threats from investigative agencies. She particularly blamed BJP leaders who are conspiring, noting that the CBI reports only to the Union Home Ministry, headed by Amit Shah.
“Businessmen are fleeing the country. They are fleeing due to intimidation and mistreatment by the ED (Enforcement Directorate) and the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation). Although I don’t think Modi is behind all of this,” Mamata Banerjee stated this in the Bengal assembly during a debate initiated by her party on central investigative agencies being “misused by the Centre”.
“Many of you are unaware that the CBI no longer reports to the PMO (Prime Minister’s Office). It reports to the Home Ministry. Some BJP leaders are going on scheming and frequently visiting Nizam Palace,” Ms Banerjee added.
These were definitely some surprising remarks from Mamata Banerjee, who has long been an opponent and a harsh critic of PM Modi and Amit Shah.
Suvendu Adhikari, a former aide to her, said that this was all in attempt to assist her nephew and party MP Abhishek Banerjee, who is being interrogated by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the state’s coal scam.
“The BJP won’t fall for this ploy. She is attempting to save herself as well as her nephew.” Adhikari stated.
By passing a resolution in the state assembly today, West Bengal spearheaded the opposition’s accusation that the BJP-led government at the Centre is directing Central investigative agencies against opposition figures.
The Chief Minister stated that the resolution is not intended to blame anyone and that it is about being “unbiased.”
“How many raids have been done at your leader’s home?” Ms Banerjee specifically mentioned Suvendu Adhikari in the lengthy debate that followed the vote. Mr. Adhikari is wanted in many corruption investigations.
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