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“When Amma is in jail, why is Didi [elder sister] on bail?,” is a question asked by the West Bengal Opposition after the conviction of the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case on Saturday.
The verdict has given a shot in the arm to the Opposition parties. Hence the new slogan that insinuates that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will meet a fate similar to that of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam supremo.
The Opposition parties wasted no time in demanding an investigation against Ms. Banerjee and the Ministers in her Cabinet in the Saradha chit-fund scam. Names of many Trinamool Congress leaders have cropped up in the investigation by the CBI.
The CPI(M) compared the conviction of Ms. Jayalalithaa to the probable outcome of the Saradha scam on Saturday evening. Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Surjya Kanta Mishra asked in a public rally that if the mighty politician in the south could be sentenced to four years in prison and fined Rs. 100 crore, then “why Ms. Banerjee could not be interrogated” in relation to the Saradha scam.
“First time a Chief Minister in the country had to go to jail for corruption. In West Bengal, the CBI is investigating specific complaints against many leaders of a party headed Ms. Banerjee. This scam is huge, a few thousand crores … what should happen to her [Ms. Banerjee],” said Mr. Mishra indicating that Ms. Banerjee was heading for a similar political future.
A Trinamool MP, however, told The Hindu that “comparing” Saradha scam to the case against Ms. Jayalalithaa was “atrocious.” “Nothing has been proved against the West Bengal CM and connecting her with the scam is litigable,” the MP said.
“Ms. Banerjee’s fate will be similar to Ms. Jayalalithaa’s,” Rahul Sinha, president of the BJP State unit, said. He said the investigation so far had revealed only the “proverbial tip of the iceberg” as far as the Trinamool’s alleged involvement in the Saradha scam was concerned.
From: The Hindu