Bengaluru/Kolkata (Karnataka/West Bengal) [India], Apr 29 (ANI): Following the Enforcement Directorate (ED) registering a case against Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders in the Narada sting operation, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday asserted that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's days are now numbered.
Giving a clarification over the allegations of BJP's involvement in it, party leader S. Prakash said that the case was filed by a TMC member and was registered under Kolkata High Court's direction.
"Top level Trinamool Congress (TMC) members are involved in the Narada Sting Operation. The Kolkata High Court has ordered a CBI enquiry on the same. 12 people have been chargesheeted by the CBI. Now, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has also registered money laundering case against all the 12 members, who were originally accused by the CBI. To charge it is a politically motivated case is incorrect. Mamata Banerjee cannot claim political victimisation under this case. Her days are numbered. Her party members will soon see the door of jail," Prakash told ANI.
BJP secretary Rahul Sinha said Mamata should first try to save her Bengal throne, adding that the people there are fed up of the TMC.
"Mamata Banerjee should first save her throne, then dream about capturing Delhi. She did nothing but gave bad governance, divided West Bengal on religious lines and encouraged hooliganism. People in Bengal are now fed up of the TMC. They want to be free from it," Sinha told ANI.
Earlier yesterday, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) registered a case against TMC leaders in the Narada sting case.
The ED is likely to summon them soon for questioning.
Last week, the CBI had registered a First Information Report (FIR) in the Narada sting operation case against TMC leaders Madan Mitra, Mukul Roy, Saugata Roy and ten others.
The FIR also lists Sultan Ahmed, Iqbal Ahmed, Kakoli Ghosh, Prasun Banerjee, Suvendu Adhikari, Sovan Chatterjee, Subrata Mukherjee, Firhad Hakim, Aparupa Poddar and serving IPS officer Syed Hussain Meerza.
The Supreme Court had dismissed a petition by the West Bengal government, challenging the Calcutta High Court's order.
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Monday responded to the FIRs and called it a "political" game. She added that a name on an FIR cannot prove any guilt.
Earlier on March 17, the Calcutta High Court ordered a CBI probe into the bribery allegations against top TMC parliamentarians and ministers.
Reacting to the court's order, Mamata said that she will appeal against the court order in a "higher judiciary".
Earlier in April 2016, the court had formed a three-member committee to probe the controversial tapes.
Narada News, led by its editor-in-chief Matthew Samuel, had earlier released three sets of videos of its sting operation, where top TMC leaders were allegedly seen accepting bribes from journalists posing as businessmen.
The ruling party had dismissed the tapes as 'doctored' and said the 'dirty tricks departments' of its political opponents were behind the 'smear' campaign. (ANI)