Trinamool ruled West Bengal is in complete disarray courtesy Chief Minister Mamta Bannerji. Frequent seizure of cash hauls by central agencies, coal scam allegations and rampant violence against the opposition BJP have become a part of the day.
Recent Raids By Central Agencies
In last two months, huge cash recoveries have been made by central agencies in West Bengal.
On July 23, the apartments of Model actress Arpita Mukherjee were raided by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and ₹21.2 crore were seized in process. Foreign currency amounting to ₹56 lakh and gold worth ₹76 lakh were recovered. She was being probed for the School Service Commission recruitment irregularities.
The matter turned political as Arpita Mukherjee is a close aide of TMC leader Partha Chatterjee.
Almost a week ₹27.9 crore in cash and 6 kg gold was yet again recovered from another apartment of Arpita Mukherjee.
On September 4, the Bengal CID raided a residence of Jayprakash Sinha, a fish vendor in Malda and recovered an amount of ₹1.4 crore in cash. On September 10, The ED seized ₹17.32 crore in cash after it raided one Amir Khan in connection with a case of online gaming fraud.
The TMC government had alleged a witch-hunt by the central govt but the Kolkata has never been alien to money laundering. The recent roadblocks by the central investigation agencies are just uncovering the ecosystem — formed by years of malpractices and corruption of Communist rule followed by TMC government.
The Coal Scam
The Central Bureau of Investigation had initiated a probe into the alleged multi-crore coal pilferage in 2020 related to Eastern Coalfields Limited mines.
The ECL General managers Amit Kumar Dhar and Jayesh Chandra Rai, ECL security chief Tanmay Das, Kunustoria area security inspector Dhananjay Rai and Kajor area security in-charge Debashish Mukherjee were also named as key accused in the FIR. Anup Manjhi alias Lala was identified as the alleged kingpin behind the scam.
TMC came under pressure after CBI summoned Abhishek Banerjee, cousin of chief minister Mamta Banerjee and National general secretary of TMC while also raiding the residence of West Bengal Law minister Moloy Ghatak.
Later, the Enforcement Directorate lodged a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act based on the November 2020 FIR registered by the CBI. In the latest development, the sister-in-law of Abhishek Banerjee was summoned by the ED on Monday(12 September, 2022).
Attack on Opposition
On 10, September, two BJP party workers were hurt after several home-made bombs exploded at the protest march in Cooch Behar, West Bengal. Sukumar Roy, the district president of the BJP, claimed that TMC members hurled bombs during the event.
The political violence in West Bengal increased significantly after the TMC reclaimed power last year. According to BJP, 24 workers of the party were killed in the post-poll violence in West Bengal.
The situation in West Bengal paints a grim image of the Mamta Banerjee government but the top TMC leader always gets away without much criticism. Mamta can’t get away with some isolated praise for RSS as she is one, who has to answer to the people of West Bengal.