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By A Newsman

Kolkata, 21 November: ON a day Mamata Banerjee announced her nationwide agitation against demonetisation, CPI-M and Congress in Bengal whipped up the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam issue in which several Trinamool leaders are accused of being involved.

To puncture Mamata Banerjee’s grandstanding on demonetisation in the national platform, CPI-M and Congress workers took out a joint protest march in Kolkata today afternoon demanding refund of deposits of people who have lost their savings in the chit fund scam.

The rally, organised under the aegis of Depositors and Agents Protection Forum, started from College Square and concluded at Esplanade. CPI-M state secretariat member and leader of the Left legislative party in the state Assembly Sujan Chakraborty, and Congress Opposition leader Abdul Mannan were at the forefront.

After reaching Esplanade, an 11 member delegation including Chakraborty and Mannan called on the Governor KN Tripathi at Raj Bhavan and served him a memorandum demanding speedy recovery of people’s money and punishment for all those involved in the chit fund scam.

Emerging out from Raj Bhavan, the two leaders mocked Mamata Banerjee saying that while she was going gaga on demonetisation, why her government was silent on the grab of crores of rupees of deposits of poor people of Bengal by various chit funds in which leaders of her party were involved.

Mannan also took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “He talks about chit fund scam in his speech. Why is then he is not acting against those involved with it?” he asked.

At another event, CPI-M state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra called Mamata Banerjee’s protest on demonetisation a “fixed match.” “This is only a ploy of both Modi and Mamata to obliterate the opposition and carry on with their misrule,” he said.