TMC sources also said on Tuesday, that an FIR has been registered in Kolkata, against Gautam Adani who has operations in the state. TMC Rajya Sabha leader Derek O’Brien had said at a press conference here last week that, since the central agencies are not probing Adani companies, for misusing public funds in LIC, SBI and other such public institutions, state governments could act on the matter on the same ground.
Most of the parties who have taken the call to go to court against the central agencies like CBI, ED etc, are ruling parties in various states, where members of the government or ruling party leaders are facing investigations by central agencies, like the most recent case of Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who has been taken in custody.
On the issue of going to court against the central probe agencies, apart from Mamata Banerjee’s TMC, Telengana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao-led BRS, Lalu Yadav’s RJD, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s JDU, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party, Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren’s JMM, Tamil Nadu CM M K Stalin’s DMK and Udhav Thackaray led Shiv Sena are learnt to be on board. Most of these parties will have their own legal representatives approach the Delhi high court with the matter.
TMC on Tuesday, raised the “Arrest Adani” slogan as party MPs protested in the Parliament premises. Having already registered a FIR against Adani in Kolkata, the party has now decided to present central ministers and heads of central institutions like RBI, SEBI etc with a cap that has PM Narendra Modi and Adani printed on and “Arrest Adani” written below it. The 100 caps will be signed by the TMC MPs and from Thursday onwards will be presented to various ministers including finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman and heads of Niti Ayog, RBI, Sebi, LIC, SBI, etc signed by party MPs, to highlight their stand that the “Centre should question Adani for misusing public money through LIC and SBI,” according to O’Brien.
Donning the caps with images of Adani and Modi, TMC MPs held started their protest by marching out of their Parliament chamber and walking down to Vijay Chowk, demanding the arrest of Adani, while alleging that the Centre was shielding him.
Staying away from the protest on the same issue by Congress and other opposition parties TMC members held their own protest Tuesday, as they have been keeping a distance from Congress during this budget session.
“The partnership with BJP is helping Adani. There is an understanding between Modi and Adani and that is why Parliament has failed to function,” alleged TMC Lok Sabha leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay. “Adani should be arrested. Modi is trying to protect Adani in the one lakh crore rupees scam. This is the reason why they are not allowing any discussion in Parliament,” he added.
“The TMC leadership has already demanded that the 10 non-BJP states should begin their own probe into this and ensure that public money is not misused,” said O’Brien.
Bandyopadhyay demanded that, “PM Modi should explain this in the House how LIC-SBI money ended up with Adani,” he said.
TMC leaders shouted slogans like “Desh ka hua bura haal, Modi bane Adani ki dhaal!” and held placards.
“Under the patronage of PM, India has become a safe haven for capitalist cronies who act with apparent impunity to loot the masses,” Bandyopadhyay alleged.
“The cat is out of the bag: @BJP4India is an apologist for financial fraud. Their attempts to stall Parliamentary discussions on the Adani issue are proof of their complicity. We refuse to sit back and watch our financial institutions be bled dry and the common man be looted,” the TMC official handle tweeted.