Chit fund scam: BJP alleges BJD link with arrested TMC MPs

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha BJP today alleged that leaders and ministers of the ruling BJD in are linked with 2 All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs arrested in connection with the Rose Valley chit fund scam.

In a bid to unearth the murky business of Rose Valley in Odisha, the concerned members of BJD should be interrogated, the saffron party demanded.

Without revealing the names, the BJP hinted at a minister who had met TMC chief and WB chief minister Mamata Banerjee a few days back.

“We are sure that some BJD ministers are linked to the Rose Valley chit fund scam as they share a very close relationship with TMC leaders. Recently, two ministers had gone to West Bengal to celebrate Odisha Diwas. There is a need for an investigation into the matter and the CBI has started probe in this direction” said BJP leader Pradeep Purohit.

Notably, in its charge sheet submitted in the court on January 7, CBI had accused Rose Valley of duping investors of Rs 17,000 crore, of which Rs 450 crore is from Odisha alone. The company was active in Odisha and had 28 branches in the state.

On the other hand, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Prasad Harichandan demanded that the manner in which Sudip Bandyopadhyay was arrested on the basis of Tapas Pal’s accusation, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik should be arrested in connection with the Seashore chit fund scam.

However, the Odisha chief minister is not being arrested as there is a tacit understanding between him and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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“The manner in which Sudip was arrested based on the statement given by Tapas Pal in connection with the Rose Valley case, Naveen Patnaik should be arrested on the basis of the statement given by the owner of the Seashore chit fund scam. Naveen Patnaik has already struck a deal with PM Narendra Modi for which the CBI is silent,” said Prasad.

Refuting these allegations, BJD has dared the Opposition parties to name the ministers with proof.

“How is BJD related to arrests made in connection with Rose Valley chit fund scam and what has the party got to do with it? If they are levelling these allegations without adequate evidence, then it is grossly unfortunate and if they are brave then they should take the names of the persons and we will go to court,” said BJD spokesperson, Rabi Narayan Nanda.