Four years after the CBI registered an FIR in the Narada money rip-off naming a minimum of 9 prime Trinamool Congress leaders, it arrested four of them on Monday at its Kolkata headquarters at Nizam Palace.
Of these arrested, two are ministers in the newly fashioned Mamata Banerjee Cabinet — Firhad Hakim, Transport Minister and Chairman, Board of Administrators for the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, and likewise ex-Mayor, and Subrata Mukherjee, Panchayat and Rural Development Minister.
The Narada sting operation, carried out someday in 2014 by journalist Mathew Samuel and telecast in 2016 forward of the Assembly election, confirmed prime leaders of the Trinamool Congress from Mukul Roy, Suvendu Adhikari (each are now with the BJP and Adhikari is the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly) to Mr. Hakim, Saugata Roy, Sovan Chatterjee and Madan Mitra, accepting wads of cash.
Mr. Hakim, who additionally holds the Housing portfolio, has been main the combat towards COVID-19 in the State. Soon after he was sworn in, he introduced a number of measures, from establishing new protected houses to oxygen parlours to combat the illness as instances started to mount.
In an interview to PTI, he stated, “We are now fighting a big battle against the coronavirus. We have to bring the healthcare system of the State back on track. It was derailed by the frequent visits of the Union ministers and outsiders during the elections.”
The 62-year-old, stated to be near the Chief Minister, received his Kolkata Port seat by a margin of over 60,000 votes. He was a councillor at the Kolkata Municipal Corporation from 2000 to 2015 earlier than profitable the contest for Mayor in 2018, the first Muslim Mayor since Independence. After Mr. Roy left the get together in 2017, Ms. Banerjee has leaned on Mr. Hakim, popularly generally known as Bobby.
At his residence workplace in Chetla in south Kolkata, he meets individuals in the morning to hearken to their points. Ahead of the ballot, Trinamool Congress ballot strategist Prashant Kishor had met all KMC councillors and Mr. Hakim to drive residence the level that they have to unfold the phrase on the sequence of welfare schemes the ruling authorities had launched.
An vital chief of the minorities, Mr. Hakim campaigned exhausting in the run-up to the latest polls to assist consolidate their vote for the Trinamool Congress.
Among the different three picked up for questioning, Mr. Chatterjee, additionally Mayor of KMC for 2 phrases and an in depth aide of Ms. Banerjee, joined the BJP in 2019, however give up the get together after he was denied a ticket from his favoured Behala constituency.
Subrata Mukherjee, additionally a former KMC mayor, is considered one of the senior-most leaders and one other trusted aide of Ms. Banerjee, who returned to energy for a 3rd time period in May after a landslide victory. The 74-year-old Mr. Mukherjee held on to the prestigious Ballygunje seat in the Assembly ballot, which he had first received in 1971, nonetheless campaigning door-to-door.
An outdated Congress hand, commerce union chief and a minister in the Siddhartha Shankar Roy authorities, Mr. Mukherjee joined the Trinamool Congress in 1999. He is understood for the work he did as Mayor from 2000 to 2005 when the Left Front authorities was in energy. With pals throughout events and thought of to be near Jyoti Basu, he acquired work performed for the metropolis with none hassle. When Ms. Banerjee received for the first time in 2011, Mr. Mukherjee was made the Panchayati Raj Minister.
Mr. Mitra, a former Transport Minister in the Trinamool Congress authorities, was despatched to jail over the Sarada chitfund rip-off, however after his launch in 2016, he slowly clawed again into reckoning. Though he misplaced the 2016 Assembly election from Kamarhati, he received it for the Trinamool Congress this time.