Demanding a transparent inquiry into the Ponzi schemes, the Communist Party of India (CPI) drew criticism towards both, the Centre and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the developments following the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)'s attempt to question Kolkata Police commissioner in a chit fund scam.
Both the action and reaction were not good for democracy, said CPI General Secretary S Sudhakar Reddy on Wednesday, a day after Banerjee had ended her three-day dharna in Kolkata, as he accused the chief minister of trying to convert the issue into a crisis involving Centre-state relations.
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Hitting out at the NDA government, he alleged cases had been filed before the elections against leaders, including Samajwadi Party's Akhilesh Yadav, BSP chief Mayawati, former JNU student union leader Kanhaiya Kumar.
Talking to reporters in Hyderabad, he said the Central government should stop using the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against political opponents.
On the other hand, there had been no progress in the investigation into cases involving BJP leaders, he claimed.
Equally undemocratically, Mamata Banerjee reacted by arresting the CBI people, he said referring to the dharna staged by the Trinamool Congress chief protesting the central investigation agency's attempt to question Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar.
"We feel that this type of thing is not good for the Indian democracy. Action and reaction both," Reddy said, seeking a transparent inquiry into the Saradha and Rosevalley scams in which gullible investors had been allegedly duped.
On the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, he said no formal discussion had taken place on a possible alliance between the Left parties and the Congress in West Bengal.
The CPI leader sought to know why Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who has proposed a federal front, was 'silent' on the developments in West Bengal.
He criticised the TRS government in Telangana for not having a full-fledged cabinet though the government assumed office on December 13.
Along with Rao, only Mohd Mehmood Ali had been sworn in as minister.