New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday came out heavily in defence of Prime Minister over West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's allegations that for sharing photographs with Sahara chief should Trinamool Congress (TMC) ask CBI to arrest Narendra Modi.
“Modi ji's photographs are with crores of people, Mamata ji's allegations of his photo with Subrata Roy are absurd,” BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.
Addressing a protest rally in Kolkata today, Mamata Banerjee said, “There are photos of several CPI-M leaders with chitfund owners. There are photos of the PM with the Sahara chief. Should we demand that CBI arrest PM Narendra Modi.”
Apparently referring to photos of arrested West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra sharing dias with Saradha Group Chairman Sudipta Sen, who is now in judicial custody, at a function of its employees union of which he was stated to be the president, Banerjee said "If an image is a proof of criminal conspiracy, then the PM should be arrested for Sahara scam.”
Thousands of TMC workers today staged protest in Kolkata outside the Alipore Court against arrest of Madan Mitra by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the Saradha chitfund scam .
Angry protestors were seen holding placards expressing their displeasure over the CBI's decision.
In a setback to the West Bengal Government, the CBI had on yesterday arrested Mitra in connection with the Saradha scam.
The CBI had earlier this week summoned him for questioning.
TMC Member of Parliament Srinjoy Bose was earlier last month arrested by the CBI in connection with the scam.