April 22, 2015 12:00:36 am
Suspended Trinamool Congress MLA from Suri in Birbhum district, Swapan Kanti Ghosh, on Tuesday said he will move court on Wednesday against the “prevailing corruption” at the TMC-controlled Suri Municipality.
In February, Ghosh had staged a dharna outside the West Bengal Assembly alleging embezzlement of funds in Suri municipality. In a quick action, the party had suspended him.
The move comes four days before Suri municipality goes to polls, along with 90 other municipalities across the state. Asked about the timing of the PIL, Ghosh said: “I was collecting all the relevant information and papers ready before I could move court.”
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He added that once the result of the civic polls were out, he will quit Trinamool. “Though I have not been given any formal letter of suspension, I think the party general secretary announcing it on national media is good enough. I don’t want to stick to the party by letting go of my self-respect. When I go to the Assembly, it pains to see that my co-workers stay away from me,” he said.
“I will file a writ petition at the Calcutta High Court tomorrow regarding the misuse of Rs 10,34,00,000 received from the Centre since 2010 for a drinking water project for residences under Suri municipality. At present, about 40 per cent of the people here don’t get drinking water,” Ghosh said.
Claiming that he wants a central agency to probe the “scam”, he added: “Either the Enforcement Directorate or the CBI should probe the scam. Yesterday, state Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim had said that I have gone mad and was thus saying such things, which he termed as irrelevant. I must be mad… why else will I talk about corruption and jeopardise my political career?”
Ghosh said he had gone to Delhi to discuss the matter with Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu because the drinking water project fell under JNNURM. While 80 per cent of the funds had come from the Centre, the state provided 15 per cent of the required amount. The rest was to be contributed by the municipality, he added.
“Naidu’s office had assured me that a Central team will come here to investigate the matter but owing to some technicality, the team could not come. My PIL will also seek that the inquiry was not stopped in any way owing to a secret understanding between the Centre and the state government,” said Ghosh.
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