Last updated: October 26, 2022, 5:48 PM IST
TMC MP Sougata Roy on Wednesday tried to justify the party’s differing responses to the arrests of its leaders Partha Chatterjee and Anubrata Mondal in separate scams, claiming that the seizure of a large amount of cash was embarrassing to the ruling party in Western Australia. Bengal. While stressing that the Trinamool Congress has zero tolerance for corruption, Roy said the two cases are not the same.
“Partha Chatterjee’s case was clear as a large amount of cash was found in his associate’s home. That is why the party has taken strict action against him. But that was not the case for Anubrata Mondal or TMC MLA Manik Bhattacharya as so far there are only corruption charges against them that have yet to be proven,” Roy said. Chatterjee, the former industry minister and secretary general of the TMC, was ousted from cabinet and stripped of all party posts within a week of his arrest in July this year.
Unlike Chatterjee, who was kicked out by the party after his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the school job scam, the TMC stood behind Mondal, who was arrested by the CBI in a cattle smuggling scam. Mondal remains the district chairman of TMC Birbhum. Bhattacharya, a TMC MLA who was also arrested this month in the school job scam, is also yet to face party action.
Responding to Roy’s comment, the West Bengal BJP said his comments smacked of “TMC’s involvement in several corruption cases in the state”. “His comments are shocking; the party discriminates in corruption cases. Such statements prove TMC’s involvement in various corruption cases and scams in the state,” said BJP spokesman Samik Bhattacharya.
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