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Centre Against People Who Are “Speaking The Truth”, Says Mamata Banerjee

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The Enforcement Directorate has Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut in Mumbai. (File)

Burdwan, West Bengal:

Hours after Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday alleged that the BJP-led government at the Centre is against people who are “speaking the truth”.

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Ms Banerjee claimed that ordinary people are being “tormented” under the BJP and as a result several lakhs of people, including businessmen have left the country.

“BJP is doing whatever it wants to do … It is using central agencies like CBI and the ED against those who are speaking the truth,” she said at a programme here.

She had made the same charge on a number of occasions in the past.

Ms Banerjee, who is also the TMC supremo, said, “Today I saw that a Shiv Sena leader in Maharashtra (Sanjay Rout) has been summoned by the ED. Why will it (BJP) torment ordinary people like this? Is this the way to run a democracy? “Several lakhs of people and businessmen have left the country in the last few years,” she claimed. “You can check this with the passport and visa offices,” she added.

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The ED has summoned Mr Raut, a Rajya Sabha MP, on Tuesday at its office in Mumbai for questioning in a money laundering probe linked to the re-development of a Mumbai ‘chawl’ and other related financial transactions involving his wife and friends.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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