Chit fund scam: Media dubbed us as thieves, says Mamata Banerjee

Reaffirming that none in the Trinamool Congress has received money from any chit fund, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday again targeted the media for trying to portray them as thieves and said that a section in media had glorified chit fund companies by publishing their advertisements.

PTI| Last Updated: Nov 06, 2014, 09:22 AM IST
Chit fund scam: Media dubbed us as thieves, says Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata: Reaffirming that none in the Trinamool Congress has received money from any chit fund, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday again targeted the media for trying to portray them as thieves and said that a section in media had glorified chit fund companies by publishing their advertisements.

The chief minister demanded a probe, saying she has documents to prove that a section of the media glorified and carried their advertisements.

"Newspapers here tried to dub our party men as thieves although no chit fund money was taken by us. Can one become a thief only by merely calling him a thief? You (a section of the media houses) have taken advantage. I have no grudge against you, but do not tell lies. I have documents to prove. It is nothing but an insult to the people of Bengal," Banerjee said.

She alleged that a section of the media was constantly engaging in smear campaign against the party, saying the media section think they have become God.

"Earlier journalists would risk their lives to show the truth," she said adding "I am answerable only to the people".

"A few parties are using money power. Small parties like ours who do not have money, how will we survive? she said adding that this was why TMC always demanded electoral reforms.

Referring to black money, Banerjee without naming BJP wondered "how the party which spends crores of rupees during election campaign will be able to curb black money".

"Why did the Government of India allow chit funds to operate and not declare them illegal? Chit funds were operating in Bengal since the 80's when the Left Front was in power," she said.

"Why did the Centre issue media licenses to the chit funds? she said.

Banerjee's comment came at a time when the central agencies CBI and ED have already questioned some partymen including a state minister in connection with the Saradah chit fund scam.

Banerjee alleged that the BJP with the help of CPI-M was trying to "instill communal feeling" among the people in Bengal.

"Do not fall prey to the tactics of those who want to incite riots. Fire of riots will destroy everything," she said.

"Inform local police stations and send a copy to the party HQ if you witness any untoward incident," the TMC supremo said.

"I also belong to a Hindu family. My culture teaches me to respect all religions.?, she said.

Ramakrishna Paramhansa taught us about unity of all religions, she said adding that Swami Vivekananda had said Hinduism was a universal religion. He taught us to respect all religions, she said.

She alleged that there was unrest in the country since

the new government had assumed office and said there had been incidents of riots in some states including Gujarat, UP and Delhi.

?Do you know there were communal clashes in Gujarat in September? Are they not ashamed of Babri Masjid demolition and Gujarat riots? There are also reports of communal riots in Delhi. What was this government doing then?? she added.

Speaking on the Burdwan blast, she said, "Blaming one community for the fault of one person is not right. Terrorists do not have any religion, caste or creed,? said Banerjee.

?I love Bangladesh. That does not mean I support illegal infiltration," she said.

Mamata Banerjee accused BJP leaders of not doing any work in the last five months and said they were busy with facebook and twitter.

"I have played drum, twitter. Gone on a tour, twitter. Taken dinner, twitter. One is doing his own publicity. Have you ever seen it?" I also love social network, but we do it when it is necessary," she said.

"They (BJP) cannot implement a single work", she alleged.

She said she was trying to collect copy of the Mudgal committee report on the media.

"I am trying to get Mudgal committee report. I heard that the committee has been asked to make comment on media," she said.

With the actions of some her party leaders were embarrassing the party time to time, Banerjee warned party leaders " People watch your actions. If you commit some wrong, people blame the party. So, be careful about what you do"

"We believe in work culture. You must carry out the developmental works for poor people", she said.