Mumbai: Targetting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, BJP today alleged that she has benefited the most from the multi-crore Saradha Chit Fund scam, in which thousands of investors were allegedly duped.
"People, who have been arrested (in Saradha chit fund case) are saying that West Bengal Chief Minister benefited the most from the scam," BJP MP from Asansol (West Bengal) Babul Supriyo told reporters here.
"Those arrested are even divulging the amount of money that Mamataji and (TMC general secretary) Mukul Roy received in this scam."
The Saradha scam had come to light in April 2013 after the group downed shutters without repaying lakhs of investors, who had parked their hard-earned money in the group's companies, lured by the promise of astronomically-high returns. The Supreme Court had later directed the CBI to probe the Saradha scam.
Supriyo added that the charges against Rajya Sabha member Ahmed Hassan Imran allegedly playing a key role in getting huge funds from Bangladesh-based terror outfit Jamaat-e-Islami secretly transferred across the border to help TMC win the 2011 Assembly polls, were "not merely allegations, but are facts".
"These facts were brought out in the public domain by the media," the singer-turned-MP said.
"Mamata didi nominated Imran for the post of Rajya Sabha member. Was she not aware of his background? (Home Minister) Rajnath Singh has rightly said that his role is being probed very seriously, and the truth will be out very soon. But Imran has no right to be a Rajya Sabha member now," he said.
When asked about Rahul Gandhi's role in the October 15 Maharashtra Assembly elections, Supriyo said the Congress Vice President should take a break from politics.
"One who is an original star can be a star campaigner. Rahul Gandhi has got the stardom from his family. Looking at him it seems that he is not interested in politics. So he should quit politics for a few years and divert his attention elsewhere," he said.
According to Supriyo, the BJP is working towards uniting all the Bengalis in Maharashtra and explain to them that voting for a BJP is important "for a better future."