New Delhi: Under attack from Opposition over
alleged links of one of its MPs with a Bangladeshi arms
dealer, Trinamool Congress today charged the CPI-M with trying
to "lower" its image ahead of municipal elections in Kolkata.
"CPI-M is politically bankrupt. On the basis of a news
report, it is creating chaos in an attempt to lower the image
of Trinamool Congress in the eyes of the people ahead of
municipal polls (in Kolkata)," TC spokesperson Sudip
Bandyopadhyay told reporters here.
Claiming that there was not even "an iota of truth" in
the allegations, he said Union Minister Sisir Adhikari --
named in the report published in a Delhi-based weekly
newspaper -- could move court to defend his name.
The TC leader said he has already made the issue clear to
Home Minister P Chidambaram.
Bandyopadhyay claimed that "other" political parties too
could be involved in the "conspiracy" to defame his party.
A united Opposition today stalled the proceedings of the
Rajya Sabha pressing the Government to come clear on the issue
of a Union Minister allegedly having links with a Bangladeshi
While Opposition did not name the Minister in the Upper
House, Bandyopadhyay said it was Sisir Adhikari who was being