Mamata Banerjee says Amit Shah should touch his 'nose to ground' for his 'audacity'

Written by Express news service | Kolkata | Updated: Sep 13 2014, 18:26pm hrs
WEST Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday said BJP president Amit Shah should apologise for accusing her and the Trinamool Congress of duping 17 lakh people in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam. Without naming Shah, she said he should touch his nose to the ground for his audacity.

A leader of their party had come and accused me. I dont want to take his name. He said we duped 17 lakh people. What audacity! He should apologise by touching his nose to the ground, Mamata said in an interview to the ETV channel.

Mamatas reaction comes a week after Shah alleged that her associates and stooges were involved in the Saradha scam and asked her to quit office if she cant act against the wrong-doers. Shah had also said those who are culprits will be arrested and jailed.

They are saying that they will put me behind bars. They came here after serving jail sentence...they took part in riots. I have got evidence of things that happened in Gujarat. My friends in that state gave me the evidence in pen drives, she said, while asking to cross-check the facts as not 17 lakh, but 12 lakh investors were duped in the Saradha scam.

She said her government has returned money to five lakh investors. The CBI is now investigating. They will return the money to the rest of the seven lakh people. If CBI cant, then Arun Jaitley (Union Finance Minister) will return the money, she added.

She said she was pained by the allegations that she and the TMC benefited from Saradha money. The chit funds were born before we came to power, but neither the CPM nor the Congress or the BJP took any action against them. Why did not they took any action against them What was Reserve Bank or SEBI or Union Ministry of Finance doing They have no answers. We arrested the culprits, set up a commission to return money, and now we are being put in the dock, she said.