Kolkata : Amid controversy over a photograph in which Nirav Modi, the main accused in Rs 11,300-crore bank fraud case, is seen standing with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the West Bengal BJP has released photographs of state Finance Minister Amit Mitra with Mehul Choksi, who is on the run in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case.
State BJP President Dilip Ghosh uploaded these photographs in Twitter and claimed those were of Bengal Global Business Summit organised in Mumbai in July last year.
“Wht (What) would Didi’s comments now be on these pictures?” Ghosh said in the tweet.
In response, Mitra said: “This is no secret, the information is on government website. Do I have a personal relationship with him?”
The photographs and the press release of Gems and Jewellery Round-table were, however, removed from the Bengal Global Business Summit website during the day.
Trinamool Congress Secretary General Partha Chatterjee said it was an attempt by the opposition to divert attention from the real scam.
The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) also used the opportunity to target the Trinamool Congress government.
“How will Amit Babu react to them? Wht will the so called leaders of Trinamool say to the camaraderie and closeness that was evident between Amit Mitra and Mehul Chokshi,” CPI-M leader and MLA Sujan Chakraborty said.
However, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee continued to target the Narendra Modi government on the banking fraud.