BJP, Congress and Left make it a common cause to target TMC in Lok Sabha over alleged bribery charges against some of its MPs
New Delhi: Trinamool Congress (TMC) yesterday found itself cornered in the Lok Sabha over a sting operation, with the Centre insisting that ‘truth has to prevail’ and favouring a probe into the alleged bribery charges against some of its MPs.
It's a conspiracy: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said irrespective of the ‘conspiracy’ hatched against T MC, the party will win the upcoming Assembly election. Pic/PTI
The House saw BJP, Congress and Left making a common cause to target the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on the issue, even as Mamata Banerjee’s party claimed that the charges were a political conspiracy ahead of the West Bengal polls.
Heated exchanges were witnessed between TMC and Left members after Mohd Salim of the CPI (M) raised the issue during Zero Hour and was followed by BJP’s SS Ahluwalia and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury (Congress) slammed the TMC and sought a probe.
They referred to the telecast of a sting purportedly showing several TMC leaders accepting money to help a fictitious private firm and demanded action against them,recalling that Parliament had expelled 11 members facing similar charges few years ago.
‘Won’t cow down’
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee yesterday said her party cannot be cowed down, irrespective of the ‘conspiracy’ hatched against it and would win the Assembly election. “Our government will come back. TMC will win the election despite any conspiracy hatched against us. They are bringing black money. We are not scared. Given a chance we will give a fitting reply. We are working with honesty,” Banerjee told an election meeting in the Darjeeling hills.