Oppn’s accusation of increasing our party leaders’ assets is misleading: TMC

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While hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) alleging exponential increase in the assets of some Trinamool ministers and executives, the Calcutta High Court on August 8 ordered that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) be appointed as a party to the case.

TMC Minister Firhad Hakim said: “The assets of Union Home Secretary Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah have also increased.” (File/ANI)

State Cabinet Ministers and Senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders Firhad Hakim, Bratya Basu and Moloy Ghatak criticized opposition parties on Wednesday for alleging exponential growth in the assets of some ruling party leaders and called their claims misleading and half-truths.

Addressing a press conference at the Assembly Complex, Hakim said TMC executives named in the case disclosed their sources of income when filing tax returns.

“A deceptive campaign is being waged against us to defame the image of our party. Opposition parties spread half-truths. We have provided a full statement of our sources of income when filing tax returns. There is nothing wrong if there is an increase in his income. I have my own business in addition to the salary and benefits I receive as a minister,” Hakim said.

The assets of Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s son, Jay Shah, have also increased, he added. While hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) alleging exponential increase in the assets of some Trinamool ministers and executives, the Calcutta High Court on August 8 ordered that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) be appointed as a party to the case. The PIL was filed in February 2017, calling for an investigation into the increase in the assets of ministers and leaders between 2011 and 2016, disproportionate to their known sources of income.

Hakim said he was “ashamed” to see former Minister of State Partha Chatterjee’s involvement in the School Services Commission (SSC) recruitment scam after he was arrested by the ED. “This (Partha Chatterjee) is not the same person we’ve known for years. TMC can’t stand this kind of attitude from a public representative. But that doesn’t mean all TMC executives are thieves. .

Bratya Basu, who holds the education portfolio, said the court order also mentioned the names of Congress and CPM leaders, but TMC leaders and ministers are selectively targeted to defame the government. image of the ruling party. “The media and opposition parties deliberately omit the names of some leaders and only target those of the TMC, thereby spreading half-truths,” Basu said. He then read out the names of the Congress and PMO leaders mentioned in the court order.

Moloy Ghatak, the state justice minister, claimed there was “nothing wrong” with the increase in assets as it was not illegal. “If you have a house, it is normal for the price of the property to increase in five years. If you have a fixed deposit, its value is bound to increase due to the accumulation of interest. We declared everything to the tax department. If there is anything illegal, let the tax department report it,” Ghatak said. State

BJP Chairman Sukanta Majumdar said it is the culprits who cry the loudest.

“If the allegations against the TMC leaders are true, the next cabinet meeting will be held at Alipore prison as all of these leaders will be behind bars. The state government will fail to complete its term until 2026,” Majumdar said.

CPM leader Sujan Chakraborty said: “They increased their assets illegally. TMC executives travel in expensive cars. Where are they getting so much money from? »

State Congress Speaker Adhir Chowdhury said they were ready to face an investigation. “If there is anything against us, let there be an investigation.”

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First published on: 11/08/2022 at 08:44:47

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