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Cong demands govt statement on Mamata allegation on Assam minister

By STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI, Feb 4 - The opposition Congress today demanded a statement from the State government on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee�s allegation that an Assam minister�s name figured in the Sarada chit fund scam.

Immediately after the question hour, Mariani MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi raised the issue through a point of order citing various media reports that quoted Banerjee as saying that she had enough evidence against the Assam minister.

Kurmi was backed by his colleagues Rakibul Hussain and Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha, leading to noisy scenes. However, when Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami did not allow their demand, the Congress staged a walkout.

�The BJP says it has given the people a corruption-free rule. But now one of its senior ministers is facing very serious corruption charges. The government owes a statement as to why his name has been flashed in the media. The Speaker did not allow us, so we walked out,� Kurmi later told reporters.

After the Centre-West Bengal showdown that followed CBI�s attempt to question the Kolkata Police chief yesterday, Banerjee had dared the Prime Minister and BJP president to arrest the Assam minister.

�I have enough evidence against the Assam deputy chief minister. I dare Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah to have him arrested. The CBI has already questioned him before,� Mamata had said while addressing the crowd at the sit-in demonstration venue on Sunday night.

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Cong demands govt statement on Mamata allegation on Assam minister

GUWAHATI, Feb 4 - The opposition Congress today demanded a statement from the State government on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee�s allegation that an Assam minister�s name figured in the Sarada chit fund scam.

Immediately after the question hour, Mariani MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi raised the issue through a point of order citing various media reports that quoted Banerjee as saying that she had enough evidence against the Assam minister.

Kurmi was backed by his colleagues Rakibul Hussain and Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha, leading to noisy scenes. However, when Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami did not allow their demand, the Congress staged a walkout.

�The BJP says it has given the people a corruption-free rule. But now one of its senior ministers is facing very serious corruption charges. The government owes a statement as to why his name has been flashed in the media. The Speaker did not allow us, so we walked out,� Kurmi later told reporters.

After the Centre-West Bengal showdown that followed CBI�s attempt to question the Kolkata Police chief yesterday, Banerjee had dared the Prime Minister and BJP president to arrest the Assam minister.

�I have enough evidence against the Assam deputy chief minister. I dare Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah to have him arrested. The CBI has already questioned him before,� Mamata had said while addressing the crowd at the sit-in demonstration venue on Sunday night.