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Don't believe Modi behind misuse of CBI and ED: Mamata Banerjee exonerates PM; blames it on Amit Shah-led Home Ministry

In an expected remark, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said she doesn’t believe that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is behind the alleged excesses of central agencies like CBI and Enforcement Directorate in the state and blamed a section of the BJP leaders for misusing them to serve their interests.

Banerjee, who was speaking on a resolution in the Assembly against the “excesses” of the central probe agencies, urged the Prime Minister to ensure that the agenda of the union government and the interests of his party do not get mixed up. The BJP opposed the resolution which was later passed by the Assembly.

Giving an exoneration to the prime minister, she put the blame of the alleged misuse of the central agencies in the Union Home Ministry, controlled by Home Minister Amit Shah.

“Businessmen are leaving the country and running away. They are running away because of fear and misuse of ED and the CBI. I believe Modi hasn't done this. Many of you don't know that the CBI doesn't report to the PMO anymore. It reports to the Home Ministry. Some BJP leaders are conspiring and they go to Nizam Palace often,” she said.

The remarks from Mamata are surprising given the history of face-offs between the TMC-led state government and the BJP-led central government over a host of issues.

Leader of the Opposition Suvendu Adhikari said such a "resolution against the CBI and ED" is against the rules and regulations of the Assembly.

Adhikari also said that she was trying to help her nephew and party MP Abhishek Banerjee, who is being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the coal scam in the state.

Central agencies such as CBI and ED are probing into several cases in the state, in which senior TMC leaders are accused.

Source : DNA India