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Mamata Banerjee feels bad about Sonia Gandhi having to appear in court and why not!
On Tuesday West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee extended her support to the Congress President, Sonia Gandhi in the National Herald case by saying that she did not approve of the manner in which Sonia was asked by the court to appear in person. She also said that she would call to wish Sonia Gandhi on her birthday on Wednesday.

The West Bengal CM felt that in spite of being in politics for so many years Sonia Gandhi would have to appear in the court. Mamata Banerjee issued this statement yesterday after the Patiala House court in Delhi asked Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi to appear in person on December 19 at 3 pm, as they both face charges of financial irregularities in the National Herald case.

Now, what does Mamata Banerjee wish to imply by issuing such a statement? Does she mean to say that a person who spends a considerable amount of time in Indian politics can be assured of immunity from law? Is it not obligatory for a person who is a senior politician and the president of a national political party like Congress to appear before a trial court if asked to do so?

In the eyes of law everyone is equal, even if he/she might be a prominent politician or a commoner. But perhaps Mamata Banerjee has issued this statement for other reasons which can be easily understood. West Bengal CM's lending her emotional support to Sonia Gandhi is aimed at preventing any possibility of an alliance between the Congress and the CPI (M) ahead of the West Bengal assembly elections in 2016.

Besides, who else but Mamata Didi would understand the pain of Sonia Gandhi, as she too is berried neck deep in the Saradha Chit Fund scam.

The Saradha Chit Fund scam came as a major embarrassment for the TMC chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee as many of her TMC MP's Kunal Ghosh, Madan Mitra, Mukol Roy and many other top leaders have been arrested for their involvement in the multi-crore scam, in which investors were allegedly duped of their money.

The Saradha Chit Fund scam came to light in April 2013 after the group suddenly downed shutters without repaying its investors, who had invested their hard earned money in Saradha Chit Fund, lured by the promise of astronomical returns on their investments. The Supreme Court later directed CBI to probe the Saradha scam.

Suspended TMC leader Kunal Ghosh has already made serious allegations against Mamata Banerjee that she was the biggest beneficiary in the Saradha scam. The ED, CBI and the Serious Frauds Investigation Office (SFIO) under the Corporate Affairs Ministry are currently probing the Saradha Chit Fund scam.

The CBI probe now has reached within an uncomfortable distance of the West Bengal CM, with the central agency unearthing her financial transactions from the income tax department, specifically about a painting of hers, which was allegedly purchased by Sudipta Sen, the promoter of defunct Saradha Chit Fund company, at an exorbitant price of Rs 1.8 crore.

It is surprising that how a painting made by an amateur artist like Mamata Banerjee could fetch such a high price as there are only a few notable artists in India who can match that price level like MF Husain, who's Holy sold at a Saffronart auction for Rs 2.6 crore.

Mamata Didi is now looking desperate in wake of the fast approaching assembly elections of West Bengal and in her bid to keep the CPI (M) at bay has issued such a statement favouring Sonia Gandhi.

Mamata Banerjee totally understands that it would be difficult to defeat the CPI (M) alone due to the allegations of being involved in the Saradha scam, and if Congress forms an alliance with them, she will surely lose the elections.

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