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TMC MPs target Amit Shah over his alleged links with Sahara group

TMCFacing heat over the Saradha scam, Trinamool Congress on Monday targeted BJP in Parliament by alleging that a diary of jailed Sahara group chief Subrata Roy contained the name of a senior leader of the saffron party, leading to clashes and a walkout.

A day after BJP President Amit Shah’s rally in Kolkata attacking Mamata Banerjee government, Trinamool Congress sought to corner the ruling party in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha by displaying a red diary.

The Trinamool members alleged that the diary was recovered from Roy and claimed that it contained name of a BJP leader.

In the Lok Sabha, Trinamool Congress members rushed to the Well shouting slogans. They demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should explain what action CBI has taken after the name allegedly figured in the diary. They later staged a walkout.

TMC leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay had given a notice for suspension of Question Hour to discuss the issue which was rejected by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said rules do not permit any member naming anyone who is not a member of the House. They also cannot display placards, he said.

TMC leader Derek O’Brien flashed a red diary in Rajya Sabha saying “it was recovered during raids in Sahara premises that has names of NM and Amit Shah”.

The government was quick to hit back and said that the TMC was making allegations for political gains. “There is no truth in such allegations. No such diary was recovered. The TMC is making allegations for political gains,” Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said.

Another BJP MP Chandan Mitra said, “The TMC is disturbed by the successful rally that was held by Amit Shah in Bengal yesterday. This diary has no basis at all.”

The TMC’s renewed attack on the government was the fallout of BJP President Amit Shah’s rally in Kolkata on Sunday, where he accused TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of using the money from the Saradha scam to fund the terrorists responsible for the Burdwan blast.

Mamata Banerjee will also hold a rally in Kolkata on Monday to counter Amit Shah.

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