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Left Front rally in Kolkata on Narada, Saradha issues

IANS | Kolkata |

Demanding arrest of ministers, elected representatives and leaders of West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress seen accepting money in the Narada sting footage, opposition Left Front on Wednesday brought out a huge rally in the heart of Kolkata and announced their cadres would march to the state secretariat, Nabanna on May 22.

With senior leaders matching steps with party cadres, the rally wound its way from the Y Channel to Sealdah, about four kilometres away, as the participants held aloft red flags of the various constituents and carried posters and banners attacking the Trinamool for the Narada scandal as also the Saradha ponzi scam.

Besides demanding the arrest of those seen taking wads of currency notes in the Narada video tapes, the rallyists also demanded the Central Bureau of Investigation complete the probe into the two scandals fast and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee be brought into the ambit of the inquiry.

The other demands included the sacking of the accused from all administrative and government posts, immediate steps on the part of the Rajya Sabha ethics committee looking into the Narada sting tapes, and returning money to all those duped people who had parked their hard-earned money in the ponzi schemes.

LF chairman Biman Bose, state Communist Party of India-Marxist secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra, his Communist Party of India counterpart Prabodh Panda and other leaders participated in the rally.

"The Chief Minister should be brought under the purview of the probe. The CBI should start its interrogation process with the Chief Minister," said Mishra.

"On May 22, we have given the call for Nabanna chalo (March to Nabanna). All our mass organisations will participate in the programme," he said.