TMC’s Sudip Bandyodpadhyay was arrested by CBI in connection with a chit fund case.

TMC-BJP workers clash after Mamata hits out at Centre for arrest of two party MPsPTI/file photo
news Politics Tuesday, January 03, 2017 - 18:09

Reacting to the arrest of the second TMC MP in a week, student faction of the TMC attacked BJP workers at the Kolkata party office on Tuesday.

TMC MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay was arrested by the CBI earlier in the day in connection with a chit fund case. Another party MP Tapas Pal was also arrested by the CBI on Friday for questioning in the same case.

The attack on the BJP party zonal headquarters took place soon after party supremo and CM Mamata Banerjee lashed out against the Narendra Modi government.

Rapid Action Force was deployed in the area to control the situation and traffic movement was disrupted, TV channels reported.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday dubbed the arrest of Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay as "vendetta politics" by the Centre and announced nationwide protests against the Modi government's "vindictive attitude".

Bandyopadhyay was earlier arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with the Rose Valley Chit Fund scam. 

Banerjee demanded the arrest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah instead.

"We strongly condemn the politically vindictive attitude of Modi and Amit Shah. They have arrested our Parliamentary Party leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay. He is a veteran politician and senior leader of our party.

"It is all because of our fight against NoteBandi (note ban). We are and will be with the people. Nothing can stop us from being with the people and we will continue with our protest against NoteBandi," she added.

Banerjee said her party will launch pan-India protests against the Centre's vindictive attitude.

"We will hold a demonstration in front of Kolkata RBI on January 9 and there will be dharnas in 10 different states including Delhi, Assam, Odisha and Tripura on January 10 and 11," she said.

"I also run a government and I also have the power to arrest certain people who are thieves, hooligans and extortionists. This arrest has been made under pressure from the PMO,” Mamata stated.



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