BJP demands EC probe for funds received by TMC

BJP on Thursday it will approach the Election Commission to demand a probe into the funds received by Trinamool Congress from donors.

 BJP demands EC probe for funds received by TMC

TMC leader Mamata Banerjee. Agencies

Party's National Secretary Siddharth Nath Singh said that every political party is required to submit an account of its revenues and expenditures to the EC. "TMC too has submitted its account to the EC. The largest donation it has received is of Rs 1.40 crore. It has given that in declaration."

"The audit report and the balance sheet of the company (which donated the money) show that in 2011, its revenue was just Rs 19,000, in 2012 it was Rs 16,000 and Rs 33,000 in 2013-14," he said.

"According to the Company's Act, you can donate only 5 per cent of the total revenue. So if your revenue is so small, how can you donate Rs 1.40 crore? And nowhere in the balance sheet (of the company) the donation is mentioned," he said.

Singh said the BJP would approach the EC and request it to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.

Singh also mocked the Bengal Global Business Summit, saying that it should have been named 'Central Aid Summit' as most of the investments that the state government claimed to have received were from the Central government organisations.

"The Chief Minister claimed that the state has received investments worth Rs 93,000 crore. Out of this, Rs 78,700 crore has come from the Central government and its enterprises," he claimed.

He said the term global summit was a misnomer as no investment had come from any part of the globe.

Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly Surya Kanta Mishra of CPI-M contested Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's claim that the business summit was a success and alleged that she had compelled the Tatas to leave the Singur project.

"Now they want the manufacturing sector to come to Bengal. All projects, barring one, had been planned during the Left Front regime. Nothing has happened since then," Mishra claimed.

"Investors will not come to the state as long as she is there," he said.

PTI

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Updated Date: Jan 09, 2015 08:26:55 IST