GG News Bureau
Kolkata, 3rd Oct. West Bengal Opposition Leader Suvendu Adhikari urged a CBI investigation into alleged swindling of central funds in the state on Tuesday, accusing the ruling TMC of being behind a “big scam.”
The BJP leader claimed that thousands of Trinamool Congress village heads, in collusion with state government officials, were involved in corruption amounting to thousands of crores in the state in relation to work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Act (MGNREGA).
“It is a big scam. It will turn out to be the biggest scam after Independence,” he claimed, hitting out at “bua-bhatija”, a reference to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee.
Adhikari accused TMC leaders, led by Lok Sabha MP Abhishek Banerjee, of engaging in a fake and contrived campaign in protest of the Centre’s refusal to grant funding to the state under several central government initiatives, including MGNREGA.
The TMC used to be a national party but is now a regional party which is fast losing its base in West Bengal, he said, claiming that its protest in the national capital is aimed at retrieving its shrinking support.
It has become a habit of the TMC of doing politics on every issue and dreaming of power at the Centre, and that is why it has joined the INDIA bloc of “ghamandia” (arrogant) parties, he said.
These people are staying here in a five-star hotel and doing a drama, he claimed.
He said over one crore job cards under the MGNREGA scheme were deleted for various reasons, claiming that thousands of crores of rupees were pocketed by corrupt ruling party functionaries and government officials.