Kolkata: Accusing TMC of holding Parliament to ransom over the arrest of its party leaders in connection with Saradha scam, BJP national secretary Siddharth Nath Singh on Tuesday said Mamata Banerjee's protests over arrest of her cabinet minister Madan Mitra was due to the fear that he might "sing before CBI".
"Parliament is being held to ransom by TMC, the Left, Congress and few other regional parties. TMC senior members are either under arrest or have been quizzed by CBI for their involvement in the Saradha scam," Singh said in a statement.
"The question BJP would like to ask to Mamata Banerjee is why is she portraying TMC as a victim of a BJP-sponsored conspiracy ? Is it not true that her worry is not the arrest of Madan Mitra but what if he sings to CBI and what will then happen?" he alleged.
The BJP leader said it is well known in the public domain that Mitra was close to Saradha Group chief Sudipto Sen and knows enough about the scam.
Besides, the apex court had ordered inquiry into the Saradha scam when BJP was not in power.
CBI was today granted custody of West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra till December 19 by a city court.
BJP state president Rahul Sinha said TMC's reported plan of printing and circulating a photograph of Narendra Modi with Sahara chief Subrata Roy would not hurt the party's image owing to the prime minister's 'clean image of being an absolutely honest man'.
"Let them (TMC) print as many photographs as they can. We don't care because it will not be able to spoil the party's image because people know that Modiji is an absolutely honest man," he said.
Sinha said it was an insult to the PM and BJP would organise rallies in the state and a mega rally on December 23 in the city.
He said TMC should not to create hindrances but let CBI investigate the Saradha scam or the case might be transferred to some other state.
"If CBI reports to the Supreme Court that the state lacks proper law and order and the case is moved out of the state it will be a big shame for us. There is nothing to be so impatient about. CBI is investing the scam on the apex court's directive and if it (TMC) has objections it can move court," Sinha added.
Echoing Singh, he said TMC's protests were out of fear. "TMC is scared that Mitra just like Kunal Ghosh may spill the beans to CBI and that's why they are organising protest rallies and trying to disrupt the Parliament to show Mitra that they are with him."
About Jindal group putting on hold its proposed steel-cum-power plant at Salboni and deciding to surrender 294 acres purchased directly from farmers for the project, Sinha said "It shows that our chief minister has totally failed in attracting investments in the state... And she yesterday appeared so happy while announcing that Jindal will return the land to the farmers ... She did not understand that it's a big blow to the state."