Political barometer in West Bengal read high on Sunday with Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) serving notices to West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee’s wife Rujira Banerjee in connection with coal smuggling.
Tensions ran high at Mamata’s nephew’s house in Kolkata with the CBI officials leaving the house with a notice to the whole family to attend the interrogation including Menaka Gambhir, the sister-in-law of Abhishek Banerjee.
According to CBI officials, Naroola had been receiving protection money from the prime accused Anup Lala alias Anup Maji and others in the coal theft case. It can be noted that this is the second time that Naroola, who rarely makes any public appearances, was called for interrogation. She was accused of obstructing a Customs officer at Kolkata airport in March 2019.
Referring to the latest development, Mamata Banerjee stated that she is not afraid of anyone and cannot be intimidated by jail or something else. As long as there is life in me, I will not be afraid of any intimidation,” Banerjee said at a programme in Kolkata on International Mother Language Day.
West Bengal is set to hold Assembly elections in April or May. There has been a tough tug of war between the ruling TMC and challenger Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which is working with an agenda to bring down Mamata Banerjee.