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Raktim Das | HE Media Bureau | Dhaka and Kolkata | 12 Sept 2014:: A serious allegation has been leveled against Mamata Banerjee and her closest aides for helping Jamaat-e-Islami in Bangladesh to promote a political Jihad in West Bengal with Saradha cheat fund money. Alleging involvement of the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) with fundamental outfits, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leader Siddharth Nath Singh told journalists here on Thursday that party’s chairperson and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had funded Jamaat-e-Islami in Bangladesh.
Ms. Banerjee sent money taken from the scam-tainted Saradha Group to the outfit in exchange for its help to influence voters in Bengal and win elections, Mr. Singh said and added that certain newspapers both in Bangladesh and well as in India had reported the issue.
Quoting a Bangladeshi newspaper, which alleged Ms. Banerjee’s relations with the terrorist outfit, Mr. Singh said: “Mamata has a relationship with Jamaat-e-Islami… The story elaborates how the money from Saradha group was stuffed into bags, smuggled into Bangladesh and the BSF’s activity was manned by newly-elected All India Trinamool MP Ahmed Hassan Imran [founder of Bengal branch of the Students Islamic Movement of India].”
Mr. Singh said as per the Bangladeshi report, Ms. Banerjee’s links with the Saradha Group went back to 2010 when she was the Railway Minister and had used the money to win the 2011 Vidhan Sabha elections and 2014 Lok Sabha election.
He said that had Ms. Banerjee been innocent, she would have denied it and filed a defamation suit against the media houses.
The Trinamool MP, however, dismissed the allegations made by Singh. Mr Hasan said that he has no links with the organisation and is contemplating filing a legal suit against the BJP leader.
Bengal’s leading Bangla daily Ananda Bazar Patrika (ABP) has actually blown the lid off the links between Jamaat-e-Islami in Bangladesh and West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress.
“Before 2011, the Jamaat helped Trinamool with huge funds secretly transferred across the border. Imran played a key role in it.
“Later when the Jamaat faced government’s ire during its opposition to war crimes trials, it received funds from Trinamool which had come to power in 2011 and many of whose leaders were ministers in the Manmohan Singh government,” the Ananda Bazar Patrika report said, quoting extensively from a detailed report it claims was given to India by Bangladesh intelligence.
Indian intelligence, the report said, corroborated these claims.
“She is totally influenced by some Urdu speaking Muslim leaders in her party who are close to Jamaat and who mobilised critical minority support and huge funds for her in the rundown to the 2011 West Bengal polls when the Left was ousted from power.
“Mamata has always tried to keep these leaders happy and her opposition to the Teesta and the Land Boundary Agreement follows her efforts to keep these leaders happy,” claims the ABP report.
It says Mamata Banerjee was a minister in Indian government when the Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), of which Imran was a key functionary, was banned.
It quotes BJP leader SN Singh, now in charge of the party’s Bengal campaign, as saying that Mamata’s nominating Imran as a Rajya Sabha candidate is a ‘high act of treason’.
“Both Imran and Mamata should go to jail for what they have done. They have betrayed the nation and conspired to disrupt our good relations with a friendly neighbour,” Singh was quoted by Ananda Bazar Patrika as saying.
The high pitch BJP campaign against Mamata follows the visit to Kolkata by the party’s national president Amit Shah, who has advised his Bengal party colleagues to focus on Saradha scam and Mamata’s Jamaat links in the rundown to some assembly by-elections in Bengal.
In fact, the ABP report claims that much of the funds that Trinamool leaders sent to Jamaat after 2011 to funds their ‘violent disruptive campaign’ came from Saradha coffers.
“To gain a political mileage in West Bengal politics, Mamata Banerjee has done blatant Muslim appeasement in that scale of insanity to make treachery and act of subversiveness, if the allegations are proved and she must be sent behind the bar accordingly”, Upananda Brahmachari, editor of Hindu Existence told this reporter over telephone.
[Input from The Hindu and BD News 24.Com]