Kolkata: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for staging a ‘dharna’ for the last two days against the CBI’s attempt to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar on the Saradha chit funds scam. Adityanath who is in Purulia addressing a rally as part of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s poll campaign ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, said that it is shameful that a CM is sitting on dharna.

Yogi Adityanath said, “Nothing can be more shameful for a democracy than a Chief Minister sitting on a dharna.” Calling the West Bengal government corrupt, he further said that the state government is embroiled in undemocratic and unconstitutional activities and that is the reason why a ‘sanyasi’ and ‘yogi’ like him was not being allowed to step on the soil of Bengal. (Also Read: Kolkata Crisis LIVE: Chandrababu Naidu Joins Mamata’s ‘Satyagraha’, Calls Her ‘Main Pillar of Opposition’)

He went on to accuse her of shielding a corrupt top cop and said, “The court has directed top cop to appear before CBI. If she was ready to cooperate,  then why a dharna? Bengal would get rid of a corrupt regime,” he told the applauding crowd.”

After being allegedly denied to land his chopper in West Bengal for the rally, UP CM Adityanath travelled by road from Bokaro to Purulia in West Bengal to address the rally. Meanwhile, CM Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday clarified over the issue of landing chopper and said that the helicopter company with which they had signed an agreement backed out at the last minute.

Banerjee said, “I won’t take names, we had got into an agreement with a helicopter company. We had done the advance booking, an agreement was signed on Jan 15. It is sad that they informed us on Feb 1 that they will not provide us with the helicopters, they backed out.”

Banerjee who is on a dharna for the past two days claimed a moral victory over the Supreme Court order on the contempt petition filed by the CBI in the Saradha chit fund scam case. The top court directed Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to appear before the CBI for investigation and faithfully cooperate with the agency in the investigation of cases arising out of the Saradha chit fund scam probe.

The Saradha Group financial scandal was a major financial scam and alleged political scandal caused by the collapse of a Ponzi scheme run by Saradha Group– a consortium of over 200 private companies that were believed to be running collective investment schemes popularly but incorrectly referred to as chit funds.