Ministers should go, says opposition; Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee vows to expose discrepancies in Left rule
Opposition parties in West Bengal on Thursday demanded the resignation of Education Minister Partha Chatterjee and his deputy Paresh Chandra Adhikari in the wake of the CBI probe into the SSC scam, even as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee blamed the illegal recruitments made during this period. Threatened to expose. erstwhile Left Front rule. As the CBI questioned the two ministers for two consecutive days from Wednesday on the orders of the Calcutta High Court in connection with the scam-related cases, Banerjee accused the BJP-led central government of starting “tughlaqi raj” in the country and “federal agencies”. accused of misusing”. Set the political score.
The agency is probing several cases where teaching and non-teaching staff were allegedly illegally employed in schools following the recommendations of the West Bengal Central School Service Commission (SSC).
BJP state president Sukanta Majumdar and senior CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty demanded that both the ministers should resign for their alleged involvement in the scam. In an apparent reference to the CBI probe into the SSC scam, Banerjee said, “Many things are being said about discrepancies in recruitment. People are well aware of those involved in corruption. They don’t like such people, Neither have I. If someone has done something wrong, the law will take its course.
“But this campaign of defamation must stop. During the Left Front rule, there were transfers and jobs given on (plain) paper. I will expose the irregularities soon.” Responding to the TMC supremo’s allegations, CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty claimed that Banerjee was trying to divert attention by blaming the Left Front government. Chakraborty said, “The allegations are baseless. If there was any malpractice in the recruitments during the Left rule, then let the TMC prove it. We are not afraid of any investigation. Both the ministers should resign from their posts immediately.” “
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday questioned senior TMC leader and Industries Minister Partha Chatterjee as the alleged recruitment scam took place when he was the education minister. CBI officials on Thursday questioned the Minister of State for Education in connection with the alleged illegal appointment of his daughter as a teacher in a government-aided school in the state.
BJP state president Sukanta Majumdar ridiculed the officer for his sudden disappearance instead of appearing before the CBI. Majumdar said, “It seems that some magic was going on as the minister suddenly went missing and reappeared. This only proves how the culprits are trying to evade the investigating agencies. He has to resign from the post of minister.” must give.”
The court had directed the officer to appear before the CBI on May 17. She was seen boarding the Kolkata-bound Padatik Express train at Jalpaiguri Road station in north Bengal with her daughter on the night of May 17, but was untraceable since then. Following fresh orders of the High Court, he appeared before the CBI on Thursday evening after he failed to meet the 3 pm deadline set by the court.
Senior TMC leaders have kept silence on the issue. “Law will take its course. We do not want to comment on the issue as it is sub-judice. Those who have been summoned have not yet commented. Therefore, it would not be right to make any side of the party,” TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said.
Senior leader and minister Shashi Panja also declined to comment, saying the matter was sub-judice.
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