Even as Congress President Rahul Gandhi extended his support to Mamata Banerjee who is currently protesting against a CBI probe in the Saradha Chit Fund scam, Congress seems to have forgotten its own stand on Mamata and the Chit Fund scam from a couple of years back.
I spoke with Mamata Di tonight and told her we stand shoulder to shoulder with her.
The happenings in Bengal are a part of the unrelenting attack on India’s institutions by Mr Modi & the BJP.
The entire opposition will stand together & defeat these fascist forces.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) February 3, 2019
Interestingly, Congress President Rahul Gandhi who is now standing ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with Mamata Banerjee seems to have forgotten the fact that it was the UPA government in 2013 which had first registered a case against the Saradha chit fund scam and had accused Mamata Banerjee of ‘looting’ the money from the public.
Rahul Gandhi, who has a habit of distorting facts today claimed that the BJP has been trying to destroy the institution while saying that he and his party are willing to join hands with Mamata Banerjee to defeat the incumbent NDA government. However, Rahul Gandhi in May 2014 had himself accused the Mamata Banerjee government of involving in massive chit fund scam and had said that 20 lakh people had lost their money from chit fund scams like Saradha and Rose Valley.
20 Lakh people lost their money in Chit fund scam in West Bengal : #RahulGandhi
— Congress (@INCIndia) May 8, 2014
Rahul Gandhi had also accused Mamata Banerjee of shielding the corrupt by saying that she has been protecting those people who had looted the people in Bengal through chit fund scams.
Mamata ji said that she would stop corruption. But, instead of taking action, she’s protecting those looting Bengal pic.twitter.com/1Osxhnaayb
— Congress (@INCIndia) April 19, 2016
In 2016, calling it a “biggest scam” in the country, Rahul Gandhi had also targetted PM Modi for not uttering a word against Mamata Banerjee. At a time when CBI has proceeded to investigate the Saradha chit fund case, Rahul Gandhi strangely seems to be in some sort of discomfort.
Saradha scam happened, it was one of the biggest scam in the country yet Mamata ji did not even utter a word on it- Rahul Gandhi #inc4bengal
— West Bengal Congress (@INCWestBengal) April 2, 2016
Similarly, Sonia Gandhi, the UPA Chairperson during a rally in West Bengal had thrashed Mamata Banerjee questioning the audacity of WB CM Banerjee for speaking against the corruption while accusing Mamata Banerjee of involving in the chit fund scams.
If they are against corruption what about the Chit Fund Scam: Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi in West Bengal
— Congress (@INCIndia) April 26, 2016
Senior Congress leader Sanjay Jha had also accused Mamata Banerjee of involving in chit fund scams.
Poor Mamata Banerjee ! What a tragic calamitous fall! After that pathetic attempt to run down the PM, from Didi to Dodo! Derek, you there?
— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) September 28, 2012
However, on Monday it has appeared that Congress party is willing to compromise over the issue massive scams involving Mamata Banerjee to save themselves from an existential crisis. Recently, senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram’s wife, Nalini Chirambaram was charge sheeted in the Saradha scam. According to the charges filed by CBI, Nalini Chidambarm had received ₹1.4 crore from Sudipta Sen, the prime accused in the case. CBI says that Nalini Chidambaram conspired with Sudipta Sen with an intention of cheating and misappropriation of funds. She took the amount of ₹1.4 crore between 2010 to 2014, according to the chargesheet.
The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been sitting on a ‘Dharna’ against the central government after a team of CBI had landed over in Kolkata to interrogate Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar to obtain crucial information regarding the massive Saradha scam, which allegedly involves senior functionaries of ruling Trinamool Congress.
However, miffed by the surprise strike of the CBI officials, Mamata Banerjee had resorted to detaining of eight CBI officials leading to the CBI interim chief M Nageshwar Rao expressing his fear over the destruction of evidence related to the Saradha scam by the Kolkata police to save their political masters. Meanwhile, the CBI has also moved to Supreme Court regarding the non-cooperation of the Bengal government and the state police.
Soon after the West Bengal Chief Minister showed her desperation to detain the CBI officials, the leaders of the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ or grand alliance soon jumped into the ring to support Mamata Banerjee. Opposition leaders like Chandrababu Naidu, Omar Abdullah, Lalu Prasad Yadav, former PM HD Devegowda expressed their solidarity with the West Bengal Chief Minister Banerjee.