TMC General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee Questioned By Enforcement Directorate In Delhi

Mamata Banerjee blasts PM Modi for 'Agency Politics' Ahead Of Crucial Bypolls

TMC General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee Questioned By Enforcement Directorate In Delhi
TMC General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee Questioned By The Enforcement Directorate In Delhi

Mamata Banerjee, the West Bengal Chief Minister, began her campaign for the Bhabanipur Assembly constituency with a low-key meeting of party workers, but in her agenda-setting speech, she attacked the BJP for unleashing central agencies against political opponents, directly blaming the prime minister and home minister.

"They have trapped the Congress using the agencies, they have trapped Mulayam Singh using agencies, they have trapped Sharad Pawar using agencies," Ms Banerjee said. "Narendra Modi and Amit Shah are behind it. The agencies began dancing as soon as the election results were announced. "Abhishek (Banerjee) received a notice, Partha Chatterjee received a notice, and Bobby and Subrata Mukherjee received notices even before the polls were proclaimed," she continued. 

The Enforcement Directorate questioned TMC general secretary Abhishek Banerjee in Delhi on Monday. The CBI summons Minister Partha Chatterjee in a chit fund case, and Bobby Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee, both ministers, in the Narada bribery investigation.
"Abhishek was quizzed for nine hours one day and now they want to quiz him again. Why is a case registered in Kolkata now moved to Delhi," Ms Banerjee asked?

She stated, without naming TMC-turned-BJP politician Suvendu Adhikari, "In the Narada matter, the individual who got the money has no case against him. Why? Why is it that Bengal police are unable to question him? Is he the God's son? We must have the same right as he does to choose where and when police can question him." 

Dilip Ghosh, the BJP's state chairman, said, "There is no distinction between a fake and a genuine thief. On the screen, we've witnessed people taking money. Why aren't they being interrogated? Others may be interrogated later. Those summoned, however, should provide an explanation. No one has been found guilty yet, but they are afraid of being found out, so they are saying stuff like this."

The identity of the BJP's candidate in Bhabanipur has yet to be announced. Dilip Ghosh, who confessed yesterday that some possible candidates had declined to run in Bhabanipur, said today that the BJP would announce its candidate in the next day or two. The head office had received a list of possible candidates. "The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will battle hard in Bhabanipur. He stated that "MPs and MLAs will be deployed to work in the constituency." 

Srijeeb Biswas, a 31-year-old lawyer, was announced as the Left Front's candidate today. "Bhabanipur has traditionally been a Congress seat," CPM leader Sujan Chakraborty stated. But now that they have said they will not field a candidate, we are doing so. We believe it is our duty to draw all anti-BJP and anti-TMC votes away from those parties."

In her speech today, Ms Banerjee asked her party workers not to take the Bhabanipur bypolls lightly. "There was a conspiracy against me in Nandigram. There could be conspiracies against me here too. The Bhabanipur election is very important in the context of 2024. We must win."