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Ahead of Winter Session, NDA govt tries to mollify Mamata

PTI 24 Nov 2014, 7:51:58 AM IST

New Delhi: The NDA government yesterday sought to mollify an angry Mamata Banerjee ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament, saying it had no role in the CBI action against some Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders in the Saradha scam case and that there should be ‘no misunderstanding on this account'.

Calling the West Bengal Chief Minister his ‘good friend', Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said, "Please understand that the government has no role to play with regard to the functioning of the CBI.”

"This government does not believe in interfering with the working of CBI. We have no role with regard to the registration of the case, arrests of any party (TMC) members and pursuance of the case by CBI. There should be no misunderstanding on this account," he said.

Naidu's remarks come a day after Banerjee accused the Modi government of ‘selective vendetta' against herself and TMC and dared the Centre to arrest her and impose President's rule in West Bengal.

The Winter Session of Parliament begins today.

Banerjee's outburst came on the heels of the arrest of an MP of her party, Srinjay Bose, in connection with the Saradha scam.

"Amake jail-e pathak, dekhe nebo (Let them send me to jail, I will see)," Banerjee had said during a party meeting in West Bengal.

"If we are hit, we will retaliate. We accept all challenges," she had said, asking TMC workers to not ‘fear the BJP' and unite against the ‘conspiracies' of the saffron party.

TMC did not attend the all-party meeting convened today by Naidu nor was it present at the all-party meeting last night called by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

Banerjee had also said that TMC would oppose any attempt to pass the Bill in Parliament to raise FDI cap in insurance sector to 49 per cent.

Describing her strategy for the Winter Session of Parliament, she had said, "We will oppose FDI in insurance. We will be vocal against communal violence.”