Let Left leaders meet Ban Ki-moon next on ponzi issue: TMC MP

As Left leaders are scheduled to meet President Pranab Mukherjee on December 17 in Delhi on the chit fund scam in West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress Thursday said the state government had initiated firm action against defaulting ponzi firms to safeguard the interest of people.

Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay said that leaders of the Left parties had met the prime minister on the issue earlier and now they would meet the President.

"Let them go and approach Ban Ki-moon next," the MP said sarcastically and added "the Mamata Banerjee government was taking firm action against such ponzi firms to safeguard the interest of people".

The MP went on to claim that a large number of irregular chit fund companies had come into existence during 34 years of the Left Front rule and that no new chit fund company had opened shutter during the TMC tenure so far.

He said that the CPI(M) had become "desperate" after losing election after election which showed that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's popularity was rising and the Left was increasingly losing its mass support.

CPI(M) MP Basudeb Acharya said earlier today that Left leaders would meet the President on December 17 on the Ponzi scam issue "as lakhs of depositors had been affected by the Saradha scam".

The Left parties have been demanding a CBI probe into the scandal in West Bengal and stringent measures to tackle fraudulent deposit collection.

Bandopadhyay said it was the chief minister who was taking strong action against such chit fund companies, with herself getting the Saradha boss arrested from Jammu and Kashmir within 72 hours of the scam coming to light.

He claimed that the state government was acting in a "completely transparent manner" on the issue and set up a commission, headed by a former chief justice Shyamal Kumar Sen, to assess the impact of the Saradha scam and compensate the poor depositors who had been cheated.

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