Even as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee continues her dharna in Kolkata, the CBI on Monday moved the Supreme Court alleging that Kolkata police commissioner destroyed evidences related to the chit fund scam. In a major jolt to Mamata Banerjee and TMC party amid the furore in the CBI vs Kolkata police face-off, ex-Trinamool Congress aide and former IPS office Bharati Ghosh joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday.
Addressing a press briefing after her induction into the BJP, Bharati Ghosh lashed out at the Mamata Banerjee government for disrupting the investigation of the CBI, adding that the dharna is a 'political move by the TMC and not a satyagraha movement which is blocking the CBI investigation.
"They are doing 'Satyagraha' for Commissioner of police now, why? This is not Satyagraha of Gandhi ji. He did Satyagraha for common man of India. When money of lakhs of people is looted, and chit fund doesn't operate alone - it is operated with the help of some people in the administration. Mamata Banerjee is saying that Rajiv Kumar is one of the best officers in the world. Now, why the SIT is silent on whose role is behind this - Who are the actual culprits. After SIT if an investigation is going under the auspicious of the SC, everybody, it is the of every individual to come forward and assist in the investigation. Such kind of dharna to block the investigation is only a political move and nothing else. It is not Satyagraha but 'asatyagraha' to block investigation," she said.
She joined the BJP in the presence of Union Law Minister and senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad.
While addressing a press briefing over the Kolkata row, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad questioned Mamata Banerjee saying why a CM was protesting for a police chief while she did nothing when her MPs and leaders like Madan Mitra, Sudip Bandhopadhyay, Kunal Ghosh and Tapas Pal were arrested.
"Then she said nothing but she is sitting on a dharna for just a cop. This clearly indicates that Kumar knows something about the scams and the people involved," he said.