Since July, huge amounts of cash have been seized by central agencies from various key figures in West Bengal politics. It all started with Partho Chatterjee who was at the time the Education Minister of Bengal. At different properties of his close associate Arpita Mukherjee, the Enforcement Directorate seized around 50 crore rupees in connection with the Staff Selection Commission scam or the SSC scam. Then TMC leader Anubrata Mondal was arrested by the CBI in August in a cross border cattle smuggling scam. A fixed deposit worth ₹16.97 crores belonging to his family members and associates had been seized by the investigators. In September, the CBI said that ₹80 lakh cash had been seized from the premises of Raju Sahani, a TMC municipality chairman, in connection with a chit-fund scam.
In this episode of The Suno India Show, host Suryatapa Mukherjee speaks to Sambit Pal about what this means for TMC’s future in the state. He is the author of Bengal Conundrum: Rise of the BJP and Future of the TMC. He is a senior journalist from West Bengal and an Associate Professor at the MIT Art, Design and Technology University in Pune.
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