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Mamata, Buddhadeb spar over Saradha scam

Tarakeswar/Calcutta, Apr 25 (PTI) : Mamata Banerjee and Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee sparred over the Saradha chit fund scam on Friday, with the Chief Minister seeking to question the source of CPI(M) funds and her predecessor demanding a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Mamata, pointing out that the Saradha group had set up its business during the regime of Bhattacharjee, said: “It was during your tenure in 2006. Shall I tell the names? As if you know nothing?

“The mother of a thief speaks in the loudest voice and empty vessels sound much. Where did thousands of crores of rupees come into CPI(M)'s coffers?” she asked.

“With whose bank account did the finance minister of the Left Front government run his election campaign?” the Trinamool Congress chief asked at an election meeting in Hooghly district.

“See who has committed the theft and who is being blamed for it? ...You will only see stars if try to find fault with the Trinamool Congress,” Mamata said.

Without referring to the opposition demand for a probe by the CBI, she said it was her government that took action by arresting the accused of the scam, formed a judicial commission and returned money to the defrauded investors.

Denying the Chief Minister's allegations, Bhattacharjee told a meet the press in Calcutta, “Everything will become clear if she agrees to a CBI enquiry today... who took the money?

”We have nothing to hide. Those who have something to hide are giving these excuses,” he said.

”So what if Saradha started operation during our time? Does that make us culprits? A lot of things started during the Left regime and lot of things ended too,” Bhattacharjee said.


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