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On a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee shared the dais at Burnpur in Bardhaman district, both the State Congress and the Left Front claimed that the two had entered into an “unholy alliance.” State BJP leadership, however, denied the allegation.
Addressing a rally in Central Kolkata on Sunday, West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee (WBPCB) president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said: “Mr. Modi and Ms. Banerjee have entered into an unholy alliance. The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Trinamool Congress are trying to put up a show of friendship in Delhi and animosity in Bengal.”
Mr. Chowdhury accused Ms. Banerjee of trying to be in the good books of the Prime Minister as she was afraid of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the multi-crore Saradha scam. “Over the last few months the intensity of the CBI probe has decreased,” he said. Several Trinamool leaders including Transport Minister Madan Mitra were arrested by the CBI for their alleged involvement in the scam.
The State Congress president pointed out that in his speech at Burnpur, after the inauguration of the modernised IISCO plant, Mr. Modi had made no mention of the Saradha scam.
“You (Mr. Modi) were making tall claims about the development of Bengal. But you never promised strong action against Ponzi companies that have ruined the lives of thousands in the State,” said Mr. Chowdhury.
Speaking in the same vein, Left Front chairperson Biman Bose claimed that the meeting between Mr. Modi and Ms. Banerjee indicated close ties between the BJP and TMC.
State BJP president Rahul Sinha denied the allegations and said Mr. Modi did not criticise the Trinamool government as it was against decorum to criticise a State government in presence of the concerned Chief Minister.
From: The Hindu