SSC Scam: Why Is Partha Chatterjee Not Claiming Innocence, Says TMC Leader Kunal Ghosh

 SSC Scam: Why Is Partha

Chatterjee Not Claiming

Innocence, Says TMC Leader

Kunal Ghosh 

A second cash stash was found in West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee's assistant Arpita Mukherjee's residence, this time in Belgharia close to Kolkata, putting pressure on the state's ruling Trinamool Congress.

Last Friday, the Enforcement Directorate took almost Rs 22 crore from Mukherjee's apartment in south Kolkata. The stockpile, which was reportedly worth over Rs 28 crore, was taken away in 20 trunks during the ED raid on Wednesday. They also claimed that money had been discovered in the restroom.

Chatterjee is accused of "SSC fraud" in the appointment of instructors and staff for state-sponsored and -aided colleges. The ED also questioned Trinamool MLA Manik Bhattacharya. He left the agency’s office around midnight.

As the TMC finds itself in a perilous situation, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has taken advantage of the opportunity.

According to general secretary Kunal Ghosh in an interview with a news channel,
the TMC high command is keeping an eye on this even if the party hasn't issued a new statement. I merely want to highlight that nine years ago, when I was held, I used to say that a plot had taken place. I couldn't speak, although I did shout now and then. Why won't Partha Chatterjee assert his innocence and lack of involvement, this is the only question I have.

Accordingly, it appears that a large faction of the party is now urging action against the jailed leader, say observers.

The West Bengal cabinet will convene on Thursday, and Partha Chatterjee's future as a minister may be decided then.

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