Trinamool chief criticises Centre for ignoring “financial malpractices” of CPI(M)

 Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee continued her tirade against the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Saturday saying that the Trinamool government will probe the details of the funds held by the CPI(M) in an individual bank account held by two party leaders.

 Addressing a rally at Basirhat in the State’s North 24 Parganas district, she asked how Biman Bose, the State Secretary of the CPI(M), could have a “personal account” with Rs.16 crore deposited in it.

 Later in the day at another election rally at Sashan in the same district, she criticised the Centre for ignoring such “financial malpractices.”

 “The bank where the money is stored is a Central Bank. Is the Centre blind or have they ignored it because of their strong ties with the CPI(M)?” Ms. Banerjee asked, adding that agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Income Tax department would have probed the matter if the case involved someone else.

 “Where did the money come from? Did it fall from the sky?” she said, accusing the party of siphoning funds during its 34-year rule in the State.

 Stating that her government did not want rural polls to be held during the monsoon and the month of Ramzan, Ms. Banerjee said that the government has been forced to accept the directive of the Court and the State Election Commission. They [the poll panel] did not event consult or listen to us,” she told the gathering.