The TMC earlier this week launched countrywide protest demanding the removal of PM Narendra Modi to 'save the country'. Photograph: (AFP)
Mamata Banerjee claimed Sudip Bandyopadhyay arrest came under pressure from the Prime Minister's Office
Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee demanded the arrest of BJP national president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while reacting to the arrest of party Lok Sabha MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay by CBI in connection with the Rose Valley Chit Fund Scam on Tuesday.
“Amit Shah to Narendra Modi, all should be arrested. Modi is a ‘dangabaaz’ (initiator of riots). He tries to silence his opponents with fear tactics. BJP netas are chor (thief), dakait (dacoit) and gunda (goon). Like note bandi this is an
attempt of ‘Trinamool-Bandi’,” Banerjee said at Nabanna state secretariat while addressing a press conference.
She further claimed that Sudip Bandyopadhyay’s arrest had been made under pressure from the Prime Minister's Office. “This arrest has been made under pressure from the Prime Minister’s Office. Chitfunds mushroomed under CPI(M) rule. Central minister Babul Supriyo and CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty must be arrested next,” she added.
The party supremo, Banerjee announced a nationwide movement protesting the arrest of two of its party MPs. “From tomorrow onwards, Trinamool will launch protests and dharnas. From 12noon to 3pm, we will hit the streets in the city to register our protests against the arrests as a part of political vendetta,” she announced.
On the other hand, opposition parties welcomed the arrest of Bandyopadhyay.
“Investigators must reach the doorstep of Mamata Banerjee,” CPI(M) leader, Md.Salim wrote on Twitter. “Supreme Court sponsored investigation cannot be termed as political vendetta. This is a huge scam,” said West Bengal
Pradesh Congress President, Adhir Chowdhury.
Meanwhile, TMC MP Tapas Pal, who was remanded to CBI custody for three days on December 31 for his alleged involvement in the scam, was produced before a CBI court today. His CBI remand was extended for three more days.
The CBI will produce Bandyapadhyay before a court in Bhuwaneshwar.
Sources in the agency reveal that the officers will cross examine both the MPs together.