Trinamool retaliates to Jaitley's charges, calls NSA RSS sympathiser

Updated on : Nov 23,2014   7:36 pm

Kolkata, Nov 23 (IANS) With Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley accusing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of not taking any action against her party leaders involved in ponzi schemes, the Trinamool Congress Sunday hit back seeking to know the source of BJP's massive funds spent during the elections.

In a statement, Trinamool Rajya Sabha chief whip Derek O'Brien dubbed National Security Advisor Ajit Doval a "known RSS sympathizer" and reiterated the Oct 2 Burdwan blast was a "devious BJP master game plan".

"Let me ask the BJP leadership a few straight questions. Where did the BJP raise their billions of dollars to spend in the Lok Sabha elections? How much money was spent on Maharashtra and Haryana elections? Where is the party getting its massive funding to continue the lavish spending in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand? Why don't they provide transparent accounts for this unprecedented splurge?

"If the nation gets to know how much black money the BJP has spent this year on elections, the party will get black-listed," said O'Brien.

Earlier in the day, Jaitley regretted that instead of "purging party of leaders involved in ponzi schemes, Banerjee "has chosen to identify herself with the cause of these leaders".

He also hit out at Banerjee who Saturday claimed that the Burdwan blast was stage-managed by the central government.

"NIA arrested several people who have engineered the Burdwan blast. Why has Didi chosen to allege that the blast was stage managed? Such allegations clearly help the actual culprits. This is neither responsible nor nationalistic," said Jaitley.

Retaliating to Jaitley's assertions, O'Brien made three charge against the BJP led central government.

"The honourable Mr. Jaitley has also written about the Burdwan blast and linked it to nationalism. Let me make three specific charges here:

"This is all part of a devious BJP master game plan.

"The current PM used this narrative throughout his election campaign in Bengal. This wasn't a mere coincidence. It was a plan.

"The NSA is a known RSS sympathizer. These devious plans are all conceived, drafted and approved at RSS Head Quarters," O'Brien said in a statement posted on Trinamool's official website.