Trinamool Congress leader Abhishek Banerjee on Friday declared he will attend the TMC’s protest in Delhi for MGNREGA funds on October 3, in open defiance of an Enforcement Directorate (ED) summons on the date in connection with the school jobs scam in Kolkata.
“No force on Earth can hinder my dedication to fight for the people of WB and their fundamental rights. I’ll b in Delhi joining the protest on Oct 2nd & 3rd,” he posted on X (formerly Twitter).
The fight against the deprivation of WB and its rightful dues shall persist regardless of the obstacles. No force on Earth can hinder my dedication to fight for the people of WB and their fundamental rights. I’ll b in Delhi joining the protest on Oct 2nd & 3rd.STOP ME IF U CAN!
— Abhishek Banerjee (@abhishekaitc) September 29, 2023
The Mamata Banerjee-led party had described the ED summons as a political ploy by the BJP to disrupt a TMC rally in the national capital against the Centre’s decision to withhold West Bengal’s dues under MGNREGA.
According to the summons letter, Banerjee had been called for questioning as the CEO of private company Leaps and Bounds, which the ED alleges was “used for making dubious transactions running into crores of rupees”. Sources told News18 that Banerjee’s parents too have been called for questioning as other directors of the company.
Reacting to the summons, Abhishek Banerjee had earlier said it “exposes the fear in the saffron camp”. The TMC general secretary, considered number two in the TMC, had shared the letter sent to him by the agency on X.
“Earlier this month, the ED summoned me on a day coinciding with an important coordinating meeting of #INDIA in Delhi. I dutifully appeared and complied with the served summons,” he said.
Earlier this month, the ED summoned me on a day coinciding with an important coordinating meeting of #INDIA in Delhi. I dutifully appeared and complied with the served summons.(1/2)— Abhishek Banerjee (@abhishekaitc) September 28, 2023
“Now, today yet again, they have served me another summons to appear before them on a day when the protest agitation for West Bengal’s rightful dues is scheduled in Delhi on 3rd Oct. This stark revelation unequivocally exposes those who are truly perturbED, rattlED and scarED!” he posted on the micro-blogging site.
Banerjee, who was questioned by ED for nearly nine hours in the teacher recruitment scam earlier on September 13, had then claimed that the interrogation was an effort to prevent him from participating in the coordination committee meeting of opposition bloc INDIA.
With inputs from News18