BJP demands Mamata's resignation over graft charges against nephew

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Taking a dig at Trinamul Congress’ slogan of “Ma, Mati, Manush”, the BJP said “the reality is “Aami, Aamar, Aamar parivar” for her.”

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (Photo: Abhijit Mukherjee)

New Delhi: Accusing Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee of nepotism, the BJP on Wednesday demanded that the Bengal chief minister should either come clean on corruption allegations against her nephew and party MP Abhishek Banerjee or resign.

Taking a dig at Trinamool Congress’ slogan of “Ma, Mati, Manush”, the BJP said “the reality is “Aami, Aamar, Aamar parivar” (Me, Mine, My family) for her.”  

Union minister Prakash Javadekar alleged that Abhishek Banerjee received Rs 1.15 crore when he was director in the firm Leaps and Bounds Pvt Ltd from a realtor Raj Kishore Modi, who is under probe for criminal activities, including land grabbing. He said it is ironic that the Trinamool supremo had staged a protest in 2009 demanding the arrest of Raj Kishore and accused him of grabbing land of farmers.

“The real shocker is Mamata, who had opposed the permission given to the realtor, did not withdraw the permission given by the previous CPI(M) government... This is an open and shut case of corruption and quid pro quo...And therefore, she (Mamata) has lost her moral right to rule,” said Javadekar.

The minister further claimed that the address at which Banerjee and his wife, who was also a director in the company, were shown to be staying is the chief minister’s official residence at 30-B, Harish Chatterjee Road in Kolkata.

“Trinamool Congress is following ‘Vadra-Tejashwi’ model of corruption,” Javadekar added, referring to Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son and former deputy chief minister of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said it can now be concluded that the TMC, which they call Trinamul Congress, “really stands for ‘Total Mamata for Corruption’...From Sarada to Narada and finally to Mamata.”

Linking it to corruption expose of other opposition leaders, including Tejashwi Yadav, the BJP leader said, “This is the saga of Mahagathbandhan. The Mahagathbandhan what they are projecting for 2019 is a saga of nepotism, corruption and non-performance”.