With just a month left for polls in West Bengal 2016, the political heat in the state has reached a crescendo. In what is seen as a major loss of face for the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) , the opposition and media in the state has cornered Mamata Banerjee’s party after Naradanews.com released the sting operation in which leading partymen were caught accepting bribes. The sting by editor in chief Mathew Samuel saw 11 leaders of the party on tape accepting cash from a fictitious firm Impex consultancy.
Among the prominent names include former railway minister and Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy, former Union minister Sugata Roy, Trinamool youth member Suvendu Adhikari, MP Kakoli Ghosh, state urban development minister Firhad Hakkim, MLA Iqbal Ahmad, former footballer and MP Prasoon Banerjee, Kolkata mayor Sovan Chatterjee, former minister and Sarada accused Madan Mitra and the party’s youth wing president Karan Sharma.
While the sting operation saw the TMC run for cover and left them red faced, the response from the media towards the sting operation has been overwhelming . The news was on the front page in all the leading newspapers both national and regional.
In the poll season , Mamata’s rivals quickly cashed in on the sting expose. The BJP has demanded her resignation. Addressing a press conference, BJP national Secretary Siddharth Nath Singh demanded immediate resignation of Banerjee. “She should not stay as a chief minister even for the few remaining days before election. Her party leaders were involved in corruption and she has given leadership”, he stated at the press conference. “At the same time we request the full bench of Election Commission to take step so that TMC leaders who are seen in the video are not allowed to contest the election,” Singh said.
The CPM and the BJP have raised the issue in both Houses of the parliament. The coming days are set to be stormy in Bengal . The people are now left in quandary as to whom to vote for following X Files.