KOLKATA: Finally breaking her silence over the SSC Scam that led to the arrest of state industries minister Partha Chatterjee, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that those guilty will be punished.
“I will not get into the details of the case since the matter is sub-judice. However, what I want is a time-bound probe into the matter. And if someone is found guilty, then the person will be punished accordingly,” Banerjee said.
“However, I am unhappy with the recent developments that have taken place in the State. In politics, people do make mistakes, but it is important to rectify those mistakes,” the Bengal CM added, hinting that all is not well between her and the veteran party leader.
As the SSC scam unfolded with the latest developments, TMC has maintained a distance from Chatterjee although his ministerial post remains intact.
“If the SSC case pertains to some years back, then why wasn’t it reported in the media then? Over 1 lakh people have got jobs, and if there are 200 complaints, what about the 1 lakh job-goers?” she questioned.
Banerjee emphasised that a media trial before the verdict is something she will not support.
Blaming Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Banerjee said that the party is worried after her open challenge during the Shahid Diwas on Thursday. In the rally, the Bengal CM said that BJP will not get the majority in the 2024 General Elections.
“All these are being done by the BJP to change the perception. They were scared of the July 21 rally, so they sent ED officials the very next day at 4 am to conduct these raids. If anyone is guilty, Trinamool will never spare them,” Banerjee said.
Earlier, TMC had said that the party has links with the person from whose place the huge money was recovered.