Left, Cong welcome order; BJP seeks Mamata's resignation

Kolkata
21 Mar 2017

The Left Front and the Congress today welcomed the Supreme Court order on the CBI probe into the Narada sting operation and demanded immediate resignation of the TMC leaders for their alleged involvement in the scam.

"We welcome the Supreme Court verdict upholding the Calcutta HC's order of a CBI probe into the Narada sting case. The fight for the punishment of the culprits must continue," CPM state secretary Surya Kanta Mishra said. Alleging an unholy nexus between the TMC and the BJP, Mishra wondered "why a single meeting of the Lok Sabha ethics committee was not convened in the last 11 months. "We hope that the CBI would be able to work freely without any interference by the BJP." Leader of the Opposition Abdul Mannan criticised the state government and the TMC over their "desperation to save the tainted leaders". "......It is a huge victory for the democratic values of our country," Mannan observed.

All India Forward Bloc state secretary Naren Chatterjee wondered who gave the state government "the right to spend the tax payers' money to fight the cases on behalf of the party leaders". Hailing the apex court order, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh today demanded resignation by chief minister Mamata Banerjee. The chief minister was constantly trying to save her ministers and TMC leaders whose names figured in the Narada sting video and they were spending huge sums of public money to fight the cases, he told newspersons here.

"We feel that not only the 'tainted ministers' but the chief minister herself should resign immediately as she has been trying to defend those who were allegedly caught on camera taking money," he said. Ghosh said the BJP would take out a rally demanding resignation of the "tainted ministers" as well as the Chief Minister, and also meet the Governor to place the party's demand for dismissing the TMC government. "The TMC government has suffered a loss of face in the Calcutta High Court and the Supreme Court, and it will have its impact in the state politics. The condition of the state government will worsen gradually and we have doubt whether this government will be able to complete its full term," he added.