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Use of black money in campaigns of Congress, allies alleged

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‘These parties are converting corruption currency into campaign currency'


KOLKATA: The Bharatiya Janata Party leadership alleged here on Saturday that the Congress and its allies are using black money for campaigning in the State where Assembly polls are to be held from next month.

These parties are converting “corruption currency” into “campaign currency” and the Election Commission should take appropriate action against them, BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told a press conference.

“Black money was flowing like water” into the campaigns of the Congress and its allies, he charged.

One example of the use of black money by an ally of the Congress came to light in the detention of Trinamool Congress MP from Jharkhand Kanwar Deep Singh for carrying a huge amount of money at Delhi airport on Friday, said Mr. Naqvi.

He also came down strongly on the “opportunism” of Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and her links with the Maoists.

Ms. Banerjee always had an “opportunistic approach even when her party was with us (in the National Democratic Alliance). Now she is both an opportunist and a Maoist collaborator”, Mr. Naqvi said.

The United Progressive Alliance is running a most corrupt government at the Centre and Ms. Banerjee who claims to be honest is a part of it, he added.

“Being a Central Minister she is protecting the Maoists and in turn getting protection from them,” said the BJP leader.

Asked whether Ms. Banerjee would make a good Chief Minister for West Bengal, he said he did not think so.

“Let this not happen that the State slips into a worse government from a bad government,” Mr. Naqvi added.

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