Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has not too long ago ordered a couple of probes and audits into allegations of corruption or that will result in it and has requested prime bureaucrats to deal with all grievances which have reached her workplace instantly.
Whereas she has already ordered a probe into the allegations of corruption in buying of medical tools to struggle Covid-19 pandemic within the state, she can also be displeased to see embankments collapse inside three months of restore and has requested senior officers to look into it.
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In an administrative assembly, held earlier this week, Banerjee instructed the chief secretary to deal with all grievances which have come to the CMO instantly. Officers mentioned that allegations of corruption, just like the one associated to buying of medical tools, typically attain the CMO. A senior official mentioned that the federal government is contemplating a third-party audit after allegations of corruption surfaced within the state panchayat division.
“The get together has already confronted a number of allegations of corruption and these are taking a heavy toll on its picture. Elections are coming. The get together received’t be capable of take any extra allegations at this stage notably when the BJP is on the lookout for a possibility,” mentioned a senior TMC chief.
With Bengal heading for a vital meeting polls, anticipated to be a extremely polarised political battle between the Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Social gathering, political analysts say the TMC supremo is aiming to nip corruption-related controversies within the bud earlier than the opposition makes use of it as a software towards the ruling get together.
“This appears to be a course correction drive of the ruling get together wherein it has taken up an ‘I flagged it first’ method in order to not depart opposition with any alternative to boost allegations of corruption. If the opposition lastly raises it, the ruling get together would say that we’ve got already ordered a probe. This is able to assist it to stay on the entrance foot,” mentioned Udayan Bandyopadhyay, a political analyst and professor of political science at Bangabasi School in Kolkata.
The TMC had acquired a jolt within the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, when its tally got here down from 34 seats to 22 whereas the Bharatiya Janata Social gathering (BJP)’s tally rose from two to 18 and senior leaders mentioned that the TMC needs to get well from the losses.
Whereas Mamata Banerjee’s nine-year rule has been riddled with some main scams such because the Saradha, Narada and Rose Valley, central probe companies investigating these scams have already heightened their actions. The Enforcement Directorate has despatched notices to 5 TMC leaders and summoned a suspended Indian Police Service officer in reference to the 2016 Narada sting operation case.
Since Could this yr, the TMC has already been on the again foot not less than twice. Some get together leaders needed to be expelled and others have been slapped with present trigger notices after they have been discovered to be concerned in corruption within the distribution of reduction supplies within the aftermath of cyclone Amphan.
The Bharatiya Janata Social gathering had additionally leveled costs of corruption within the public distribution system and had raised calls for of a CBI probe.
“It isn’t due to the elections. The get together doesn’t tolerate any corruption. Actions have been taken towards corrupt leaders previously too. It’s our obligation and likewise moral to look into any allegations which attain us – be it towards officers or get together leaders. Mamata Banerjee has made it amply clear that she received’t permit any corrupt chief within the get together and nobody is indispensable,” mentioned Tapas Roy, a minister and a TMC spokesperson.
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West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, whose acrimonious relation with the ruling get together has typically made the headlines and the BJP, nevertheless, took a jibe on the ruling get together.
When the chief minister shaped a panel headed by the house secretary to probe allegations of corruption within the buy of medical tools to struggle Covid-19, Dhankhar had mentioned that it was an try and cowl up the reality.
“Multi Crore Rip-off-Pandemic Buy @MamataOfficial. Cowl Up Probe-Lacks credibility. Determination Makers (-one) probing to defend culpability #MAP. Put up facto saviour mechanism! Unbiased Probe can alone fasten culpability. Want Probe to trace cash path and in poor health gotten achieve,” Dhankhar had tweeted.
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The BJP has additionally lashed out on the TMC saying the ruling get together received’t be capable of conceal behind such probes and a change in 2021 in inevitable. They name these probes are simply an eyewash in order that the opposition’s costs could possibly be mellowed down.
“TMC is synonymous with corruption and folks have come to know this. They’re afraid and therefore are developing with new drama day by day. However they received’t be capable of conceal behind such probes and audits. They’ve been unmasked and a change is inevitable,” mentioned Sayantan Basu, the BJP’s state common secretary.