New Delhi: Trinamool Congress leader and
Union Minister Shishir Adhikari today rejected media reports
that he was involved in buying arms from a Bangladeshi dealer
and said it was a ploy to defame him and his party ahead of
the civic polls in West Bengal.
"I am shocked to see press news published on May two
regarding purchase of arms from a Bangladesh arms dealer by me
through a block level Trinamool Congress leader. I
categorically deny any such charges labelled against me," he
said in a statement.
"In my view, keeping in mind the upcoming municipality
election in West Bengal, this is a ploy of the Opposition
party to defame me and to spoil the image of Trinamool
Congress," he said.
A united Opposition today stalled the proceedings of
the Rajya Sabha pressing the Government to come clear on the
issue. The report appeared in a Delhi-based weekly newspaper.
Earlier, Trinamool Congress 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 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.