TMC counters BJP charge of not doing enough to probe blast

Trinamool Congress on Thursday countered BJP's accusation that the state government was not doing enough to investigate the terror case and opposing the NIA probe, alleging that the Centre had sat tight "for some days" over a report on the blast sent by the state government.

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress on Thursday countered BJP's accusation that the state government was not doing enough to investigate the terror case and opposing the NIA probe, alleging that the Centre had sat tight "for some days" over a report on the blast sent by the state government.

"Many things are being pointed out after an incident happened. What was done before that? Why did the Centre sit tight for some days on the report sent to it by the state government on the Burdwan blast incident? Who is responsible for giving passports? The state or the Centre?" TMC secretary-general Partha Chatterjee told a press conference.

Chatterjee, the state's education minister, said the BJP was always finding ways to target Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and gain "TRP".

His comments followed BJP national secretary Siddharth Nath Singh's charge made at a news conference that Mamata Banerjee was maintaining double standards on NIA probe.

"In the case of blast and fire in Vedic village here in 2009, Mamata Banerjee had demanded NIA investigation, but now when in the case of Burdwan blast links from Jammu and Kashmir to Bangladesh are being suggested, she was opposing an NIA probe," Singh said.

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