TMC bribery sting: Congress demands CBI probe; 'match-fixing' between Mamata, BJP, says CPI-M
In more trouble for the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal, the Congress party on Wednesday filed a PIL in the Kolkata High Court demanding CBI probe into the alleged sting video showing Trinamool Congress leaders accepting cash for favours.
Kolkata: In more trouble for the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal, the Congress party on Wednesday filed a PIL in the Kolkata High Court demanding a CBI probe into the alleged sting video showing Trinamool Congress leaders accepting cash for favours.
In its petition, the Congress also demanded that TMC leaders seen taking the bribe in alleged sting video shouldn't be allowed to contest elections.
Meanwhile, the Trinamool Congress has 'categorically' denied the charges of corruption against its leaders and alleged that this was a 'dirty conspiracy' by the BJP and CPI (M).
"The TMC raised this issue in the Rajya Sabha. The channels showing the video are giving a disclaimer saying that they are not responsible for the authenticity of this tape. Indeed, we want an inquiry, what is the credibility? What is the source of funds?" TMC leader Derek O'Brien told the media here.
"The so-called dotcom company made seven telephone calls to Dubai, what is the source of funds? All the truth needs to come out. This is conspiracy before the elections and the conspirators are the BJP and the CPI (M); they have together conspired to do this," he added.
Earlier, TMC leader Kalyan Banerjee dubbed the entire episode as a 'concocted and fabricated' story aimed at maligning his party's reputation ahead of the assembly polls.
"This is a concocted and fabricated story. This has been done to malign the party's image ahead of the elections. Some political leaders have done this conspiracy. We will fight it out, the people of Bengal will decide," he told reporters here.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also slammed her rivals saying, ''You are attacking the character of our leaders, no guts to fight against me. This is conspiracy.''
The CPI (M) on its part alleged that a political match fixing was going on between the ruling party in West Bengal and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre.
Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan also referred the issue of alleged bribery involving Trinamool Congress MPs to Ethics Committee of the Parliament for investigation and report.
A sting operation showing leaders of the ruling Trinamool Congress taking bribes rocked the Parliament on Tuesday with the Opposition demanding stern action against those responsible.