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Mamata calls KD Singh a 'BJP mole'. But why hasn't she expelled him?

Sulagna Sengupta | Updated on: 25 March 2017, 16:24 IST
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee may have said that it was a “blunder to induct KD Singh” as he may have been a “BJP mole” during an interview at a local television channel, but the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) is yet to expel him from the party.

A senior party leader said, “The AITC disciplinary committee meeting is scheduled on 1 April and some steps will be taken by the party chief against Singh.”

The allegations

While the Kolkata Police (KP) has lodged an FIR against the Rajya Sabha MP KD Singh for duping the investors who have invested in his Alchemist group, Banerjee claimed on Thursday that she is unaware about Singh’s link with the BJP earlier. The FIR was lodged after Mathew Sameul claimed that Singh funded Rs 80 lakh for the sting operation. 

Singh left Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and joined AITC in 2010.

A year after he joined AITC in 2011, Singh was intercepted at New Delhi airport for carrying few crores to Assam during the election and the Election Commission of India (ECI) sent a notice to the TMC and sought an explanation on this regard.

In 2011, an investigation was carried by the Intelligence Wing of the Union Home Ministry, regarding the investments made by the Alchemist group after receiving a complaint that the group has artificially rigged the share prices of few of the private companies to make profit. But so far, no report has been released and the matter is still under investigation.

The party’s stand

Sources in AITC said that before 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the AITC wants to bring back its clean image.

To strengthen the party, it has decided to take action against any leaders who have been allegedly trying to tarnish the image of the party.

There are also no answers to questions making the rounds within the party as to thwy no action had been taken against Singh when the Delhi Police while had intercepted him carrying crores of rupees.

An unconvinced opposition

A senior Opposition leader says that Mamata has used her power to protect the criminals in the past also, which is why she has not taken any action against such tainted leaders.

CPI(M) leader Sujya Kanta Mishra said, “In order to get rid of her party’s tainted image after the Narada verdict of Calcutta High Court, Trinamool supremo called it as a ‘blunder to induct Singh in the party’. Why she has not taken any action against him, knowing the fact that Singh is involved in illegal practices?”

According to the BJP leaders, the CM is afraid after Supreme Court ordered CBI to investigate the Narada sting operation and gave one month time for completing the investigation process investigation has been ordered by the Supreme Court in the Narada sting operation. The BJP has already sent a memorandum to the Governor demanding resignation of the tainted leaders who were allegedly seen taking bribe in the Narada sting operation. 

Dilip Ghosh, state president of BJP said, “There are other leaders in her party too who are corrupt and she should take steps immediately to remove them from the party.”

On Thursday during an interview in a local channel, Banerjee said that the lawyers who submitted the petition for the state government in Supreme Court in the Narada case had also made a foul play and as a result the Supreme Court has rejected their application. She said that the party has already taken action against the lawyers.

First published: 25 March 2017, 16:24 IST